First community consultations for underground super bins have taken place

Liverpool City Council is set to launch an underground revolution to design out an age-old problem with black bin bag refuse and litter.

Just days after it launched a new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, the council is looking to end a rubbish issue for huge swathes of the city, by installing a new generation of subterranean super-bins.

Consultations have taken place around introducing underground bins in several wards of the city.

The scheme will see underground bins placed in 140 locations, set within high density residential areas, many of which will replace some of the existing temporary communal bins.

The scheme has been designed to create a cleaner waste solution for 27,000 terraced households, in hundreds of inner-city streets, which do not have the space to use a wheelie bin.

The city council, which spends £9.5m a year collecting and recycling refuse, estimates that this new approach will radically reduce the issue of ripped black bin bags spilling out on to streets and blighting neighbourhoods.

This perennial problem creates hundreds of complaints a week and requires extra clean-up resource to be deployed.

The super-bin scheme will also save the council a huge amount of time and resources in the years to come by drastically cutting secondary waste related issues such as rats, flies and smell associated to black bag waste disposal.

Black bin bag waste has also been identified as one of the contributory factors in the city having a litter problem three times the national average.

The council recently launched a year-long education, engagement and enforcement partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to reduce those levels and help clean up the city.

The areas up for consideration are:

Hayfield Steet – Anfield
Empress Street -Central
Leopold Street – Central
Saxony Road – Central
Battenberg Road – Central
Arundel – County
Maria Street – County
Selina Road – County
Toft Street – Kensington & Fairfield
Grove Street – Picton
Silverdale Avenue – Tuebrook
Maude/Madelaine Street – Princes Park

Please email alleyways@lssl.liverpool.gov.uk with your views on the scheme.

Bin details:

The super-bins come in a variety of sizes, the biggest being able to take up to 5,000 litres of waste, the equivalent to a week’s worth of refuse for 20 houses.

The uniquely designed smart bins, which are made of steel or reinforced plastic to reduce odours, will issue an alarm when full and will be emptied with a crane lift via a release mechanism in its base.

It is estimated the emptying and re-installation process will take less than 10 minutes.

The bins will be fully accessible to those with limited strength, or mobility, some operated with foot pedals, others with ground-level mechanisms.

Cleanliness is a priority, so no bins will be operated by hand.

Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, who is also the political lead for Waste Management in the City Region, said: “I want Liverpool to be a zero-waste city and to achieve that we need to be smarter in how we enable people to dispose of what they generate in their homes.

“These subterranean super-bins are going to make a huge difference to the quality of life for thousands of families across huge swathes of our inner-city neighbourhoods.

“We need to consult with communities on the locations but when installed these bins will have both an immediate and dramatic impact on the cleanliness of our streets and will save the council a huge amount of time and money for many years to come. They are an environmental and economic win-win.”