Published: Friday, 2nd July 2021
Sevenoaks District Council will soon be rolling out the first of their ‘smart-bins’ throughout rural areas of the District.
Earlier in the year, the Council secured £25,000 in grant money to pilot fifty smart-bins. The new, larger, wood cladded bins will include sensors that alert the Council when they need clearing. This means a quicker, reactive service when the bins are full and fewer wasted journeys when bins are not at full capacity. The new bins can also hold more waste than the current ones.
Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, Cllr Margot McArthur says: “As a Council we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the lives of residents and contribute to our Net Zero 2030 commitment. The smart-bins include a recycling compartment and are much friendlier to the environment as it means our Street Cleaning team will only travel to rural areas when necessary.
“We currently spend roughly £1.4m a year, 10% of our annual budget on street cleaning. This new technology will allow us to work smarter and faster for our residents, businesses and visitors.
“This project is part of our overall litter strategy to help reduce rubbish across the District.”
The bins are due to be installed from late July.
The locations of the bins are as follows:
Bough Beach - Chequers Barn
Chiddingstone - Causeway
Cowden - Butterwell Hill
Crockham Hill - Devils Elbow
Eynsford - Riverside
Fawkham Green - Opposite the pub
Fordcombe Green - By the bridge
Four Elms - By Rec
Hartley - St Mary's car park
Hever - Opposite Castle
Hodsoll Street - High street
Horton Kirby - Franks Lane, River bridge
Ide Hill - Goathurst Common
Leigh - River bridge
Markbeech - Cow Lane
New Ash Green - Millfield
Otford - TBC
Penshurst - Smarts Hill
Sevenoaks - Godden Green
Stone Street - By bus stop
Underriver - Back of Knole Park