New bins are smart move says council

NILABE120229a1 Ilkeston market place unveiling of new smartbins. Phillip Mills chem-clean services, Shane Barnes Neighbourhood warden, cllr Val Custance, cllr Barbara Harrison, Stephen Halford and Phil Salt town centre street cleaning team.
NILABE120229a1 Ilkeston market place unveiling of new smartbins. Phillip Mills chem-clean services, Shane Barnes Neighbourhood warden, cllr Val Custance, cllr Barbara Harrison, Stephen Halford and Phil Salt town centre street cleaning team.

THE FIRST of 18 state-of-the-art bins for the borough’s town centres has been sited in Ilkeston this week.

The Smartbins, which cost £8,000, are designed for chewing gum and cigarette butts.

They can wrap around lampposts, signposts, railings and bollards and fit on to bus shelters and flat walls.

Erewash Borough Council, which bought the bins, held a launch event for the first one in the Market Place last week at which council cleaning staff were joined by Cllr Barbara Harirson, the lead member for the environment.

Cllr Harrison said: “Our message is a simple one – litter will not be tolerated in Erewash.

“We have provided the bins so use them.”

She warned: “We will continue to take a hard line approach on littering and if any of our wardens see someone throwing rubbish to the floor, they will have no hesitation in issuing a fixed penalty notice.”

An example of the Smartbin can be seen on ITV’s Coronation Street, outside the Kabin.