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Meet the bin that does your recycling for you!

crumpled-paper-1551431_640Do you like to ‘do your bit’ when it comes to recycling but simply don’t have the time? An invention by a Polish technology company could save precious time for would-be recyclers who don’t have enough hours in the day.

The Smart Bin designed by start-up company Bin.E automatically recognises different types of waste and sorts it for you. Using sensors and cameras it senses the type of waste that has been entered and automatically partitions it into one of several smaller internal bins.

According to CTO Marcin Lotysz, the Smart Bin not only saves time but also helps to cut down on unintentional waste contamination. “People often unintentionally dispose of items in the wrong way. In most cases this is not down to laziness or carelessness, but confusion because it can be difficult to know what the things we dispose are actually made of. This means objects and packaging is repeatedly placed into the wrong types of bin. This can result in contamination, and lead to the entire contents of the recycle waste bin ending up in landfill,” he explained.

Currently in the UK homeowners are often given several different bins to cover non-recyclables, metals, plastics, paper, cardboard and garden waste. However, without a proper understanding of what is supposed to go in each bin and how to prepare items for recycling it can be easy to fall foul of the guidelines. For instance, while you might think that a pizza box can be recycled – if the box is heavily soiled from oils and other residue then it is normally classed as contaminated and unable to be recycled. So, without proper diligence recycling efforts can sometimes be wasted.

Bin E’s smart bin is set to launch in 2018 and as well as a home edition there are also plans afoot for voice activation, a smart phone app and an office bin to help businesses recycle waste in their working environments.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

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