Arty smart bins, winner announced

Hume City Council has announced the winner of the ‘Smart bins, stop litter’ design competition. Budding young Sunbury artist, Samantha Reffold, will soon have her artwork displayed on smart solar bins throughout Hume.

The student from Killara Primary School has won a $500 voucher for her school to spend at Ceres Community Environment Park. The prize can be used for any of Ceres’ services, including incursions, workshops and nursery products.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was thrilled that Samantha’s artwork would soon be adorning the new smart solar bins.

“The smart bins use a solar powered compactor to compress waste by up to five times, so the bins will take much longer to fill,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The bins will send a text message to Council once they are 80% full, to ensure that they are emptied before they are completely filled.  This will help to keep our streets and parks free of unsightly litter.”

Council received a grant from the Victorian Government and the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, to install three smart solar bins in Hume.

“The new smart solar bins will be installed next month.  The sites selected for the installation of the bins have been chosen because of the high incidence of litter in that area.

“If this trial is successful we hope to install more of these smart bins to assist with the management of litter.

”I am looking forward to seeing the new bins in operation and very excited to see Samantha’s artwork on them.”

Every year, Hume City Council collects more than 44,000 tonnes of rubbish, 16,400 tonnes of recyclables and 5,300 tonnes of organics.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce litter in our municipality. The smart solar bin is a great way to stop litter from spoiling our enjoyment of our parks and neighbourhoods.

“We can all do more to reduce the amount of rubbish that we dispose of each week. Consider whether an item can be recycled or composted, before throwing it in the rubbish bin.”

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Posted on 10:00 AM, 21 July 2016

Updated : 9:36 AM, 22 July 2016

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