New solar powered smart bins installed around Milton Keynes

Councillor Jennifer Wilson Marklew

19 new solar powered smart bins have been installed throughout the city, as MK Council's Progressive Alliance works to keep Milton Keynes clean and green.

Using solar energy, the bins crush and compact the litter- allowing them to store more than the average standard public bin.

They even have a monitoring system, so that the Council knows when they need to be emptied.

Councillor Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said: “These smart bins are great for our environment and great for our streets.

"More residents now have access to a smart bin to use when they’re out and about, and we’re following up with installing 75 more dual bins on estates and highstreets throughout the city.”

The Council's Progressive Alliance say the new bins are part of their plan to deliver high-quality essential services that keep the city running well. 

The new smart bins have been dotted all around Milton Keynes, you can spot them in Central Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Fenny Stratford, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Olney, Woburn Sands, Wolverton and New Bradwell.

Councillor Jennifer Wilson Marklew, Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability said: “The Progressive Alliance is determined to keep the streets of Milton Keynes green and tidy, and this is just one way we’re achieving that.”