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New solar-powered bins will crush litter in Cromer and Wells

PUBLISHED: 11:34 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 22 June 2017

L-R, Marcus French, of French'’s Fish and Chips; Annie Claussen-Reynolds, North Norfolk District Council, and Philip Platten and Luke Platten, of Platten’s Fish and Chips.

L-R, Marcus French, of French'’s Fish and Chips; Annie Claussen-Reynolds, North Norfolk District Council, and Philip Platten and Luke Platten, of Platten’s Fish and Chips.

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Twelve ‘Big Belly’ bins that can take about eight times as much litter as traditional street bins are being installed in Cromer and Wells.

The bins are larger than normal ones and when litter reaches a certain level inside, or at pre-programmed intervals, a hydraulic ram compacts the rubbish so levels do not overflow.

Restaurant businesses that create high volumes of packaging waste are contributing funds to the North Norfolk District Council project, including Cromer’s No 1, and Platten’s and French’s fish and chip shops in Wells.

The bins are powered by a solar panel fixed to the top of the bin, using sunlight to charge the internal battery. The sealed bins cannot be accessed by vermin such as rats or birds,

Annie Claussen-Reynolds, NNDC cabinet member for the environment, said: “We hope these areas of Cromer and Wells will be noticeably cleaner and low on litter.”

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