Redland City Council has committed $365,000 in its 2023-2024 Budget to roll out solar bins across the entire Redlands Coast, following a successful trial.

Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams, said the roll-out followed the trial of ten smart solar compacting rubbish bins at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.

“These 240L solar bins can compact up to eight times the standard bin volume while providing valuable data around usage and fullness,” Mayor Williams said.

“This means fewer collections are necessary as we are notified when the bins are nearing capacity. This in turn results in considerable savings.

“The bins are part of a wider operational philosophy at Council which takes the green economy seriously and we strive to ensure our waste program continues to evolve to be greener, cleaner and more efficient.

“This is why we have formed an alliance with Logan and Ipswich Councils to develop a regional Material Recovery Facility working towards a sustainable local circular economy with an allocation of nearly $7 million for 2023-24.

“We are also moving to purchase hybrid vehicles for our Council fleet while delivering further initiatives to achieve our green goals across Redlands Coast.

“Additionally, the 2023-2024 Budget notes that while we have been hit with increases in the cost of waste disposal and recycling in our city, our recycling and waste centres will continue to remain free to residents.”

Featured image: Redland City Council solar bins. Courtesy of Redland City Council.

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