Ray smart solar powered compacting bins, that internally crush rubbish to store five times the amount of waste as a regular bin, have been installed in Lake Macquarie.
The devices, which are for general waste, are a game changer when it comes to beautifying areas and improving the environment.
Not only will these bins store more waste with a smaller footprint, but having a strong sealed hatch as a lid ensures no items will blow out into the lake.
While a standard bin would hold 240 litres of waste, these can hold up to 1200 litres – the equivalent of filling more than six bathtubs.
Smart sensors placed inside the bin alert Council when the bin is around 80 per cent full, so crews will know when to empty it.
The bins also lock when they’re full, so there’s no chance of them overflowing.
Each device contains a 60-watt solar panel which charges a battery that can run for up to four weeks with little to no sun.
The first smart solar bins have been installed along the esplanade at Warners Bay Foreshore.
Another device will be installed at Toronto Foreshore in the coming months to reduce litter in the area which has recently become popular since the installation of a new town green and picnic area.
If successful, more smart solar bins could be implemented at other popular locations such as Redhead Beach, Caves Beach and Belmont Baths.
The $30,000 project is funded by the NSW Government through the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative and a Community Building Partnership grant.