|Budleigh district councillors Tom Wright and Alan Dent with one of the new Big Belly bins which have been installed on the seafront.|
The Big Belly bins, which have been installed by East Devon District Council, are solar powered, and have a mechanism to crush rubbish inside, allowing them to take eight times as much waste before being emptied.
The council has a five-year lease on 21 bins across the district, which it says will pay for themselves as they need to be emptied less often, meaning staff can concentrate on other work.
The bins have a closed access point, stopping seagulls rummaging through them, and in time will have wi-fi hotspot access, allowing people to find out about the town.
Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This new type of bin is a very exciting departure for East Devon because they have so many benefits rolled into one deal.
“Cutting edge technology means that the bins use solar power to drive the compacting ram and there is also a chance for us to communicate with our customers through static or wi-fi advertising.
“Not only do they reduce the amount of street furniture but they also limit scavenging by gulls and other pests.
“In many cases the bins will start paying for themselves from day one. In these austere times, the ability to improve the service without increasing our overall budget is a definite win-win.”