Solar-driven rubbish bin compacts rubbish automatically. Redland council will test appliance

Redland council is trying out a solar compacting litter bin in a high-tech approach that could cut costs.

LITTER compactor: Karen Williams at the compacting bin that may cut rubbish collection costs.

LITTER compactor: Karen Williams at the compacting bin that may cut rubbish collection costs.

Mayor Karen Williams said it was hoped the technology would lead to reduced litter disposal costs and an increase in collection efficiency.

The solar compacting bin, which automatically compresses its contents then advises when it is full, is being trialled at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland.

Solar compacting bins could potentially provide benefits through their capacity to store about double the volume of a standard 240 litre wheelie bin, reducing the frequency of collection and the required number of bins, Cr Williams said.

This also reduces visual clutter in foreshore and public places.

Council manages almost 500 public litter bins, with collection frequencies varying.

This technology has the potential for council to move to an as-needed collection frequency in the future, saving time and ultimately money for our community.

"We want Redlands Coast to be a smart city and so we are always looking for ways to improve services while minimising costs through investing in technology," she said.