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Biggest underground bin system in UK starts operating in north west CambridgeThere will be no wheelie bins at the housing development instead residents will take their waste and mixed recycling to sleek steel bin chutes set into the pavement outside their homes00:00, 26 JUL 2017Updated09:20, 27 JUL 2017
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The biggest underground bin system in the UK has started operating in north west Cambridge eliminating the need for around 9,000 wheelie bins.
The Shared Waste Service for Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils has begun collecting residential waste from innovative underground bins at Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new district.
There will be no wheelie bins at the development, and instead residents will take their waste and mixed recycling to sleek steel bin chutes set into the pavement outside their homes.
The items fall into a large underground chamber, and a sensor notifies the council when it is full,
so that collections need only take place when needed.
First look inside the North West Cambridge Development in Eddington
A specialist lorry then hoists the container out of the ground with a crane and empties the waste into the vehicle.
Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “This is an exciting and welcome step forward in designing in waste management needs at the planning stage for new developments, and using new technologies like fill monitoring systems to minimise the impact of collections on traffic and emissions.”
Innovative underground bins at Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s new district, have eliminated the need for around 9,000 wheelie bins
The 150 hectare site, when completed, will benefit from 450 recycling and general waste bins in the form of underground banks placed across 155 locations,
eliminating the need for around 9,000 wheelie bins.
The new system is the largest of its kind in the country. It is also an integral part of the University of Cambridge’s vision for Eddington to create a sustainable living space for people and to help them lead more environmentally friendly lives.
Cambridge’s new Eddington district opening up to the public
Cllr Rosy Moore, executive councillor for environmental services and the city centre, added: “This significant project represents a completely new way of working with partners to collect recyclable materials and waste in an urban environment, so to see it come to fruition with this attractive system operating is very satisfying.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the North West Cambridge Development team to deliver a great service to residents.”
The new underground bin system is the largest of its kind in the country and is also an “integral part of the University of Cambridge’s vision for Eddington”
The main benefits of the scheme for residents are the reduced visual impact of the bins (one underground bin replaces around 20 wheeled bins), and not having to store or move wheelie bins, or remember when and which bins to put out for collection.
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Educating residents about what can be recycled has been a key part of implementing the collection system, with clearly labelled bins provided in kitchens which match the signage on the steel bin chutes outside.
Leaflets are provided in new resident packs, and information is available on the online residents’ portal along with all other details about living at the development.