|Shop Street, Galway|
Five bins have been installed on Shop Street as part of a five-week pilot scheme to determine their efficiency and frequency of use by the public.
Ordinary litter bins usually cost local authorities €1,500 each. The new bins are €5,000 each but they fit up to eight times more rubbish than standard bins thanks to their self-compacting ability.
Street bins are ordinarily emptied up to six times a day, but the solar-powered bins are emptied just once every two days. The council would save significantly on service costs, according to Cllr Niall McNelis.
"“Another saving will be less bin liners needed, which means less plastic going to landfill," he added.
The futuristic bins might become more commonplace as Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council is considering installing 400 of them.