Solar powered talking bins have been installed in a borough town to encourage people to give recyling a go.
As part of North Tyneside Council’s waste incentives campaign, ‘Changing Our Thinking’, the new bins were installed in North Shields town centre.
The council’s regulatory manager, Catherine Lyons, who has responsibility for waste reduction in the borough, said: “A chatting bin will be a real talking point and I’m sure many will want to try it out.
“It’s an extremely innovative and engaging way to encourage more people to recycle, and supports the council’s aim of increasing recycling rates in the borough.”
The voices that feature within the bins – which will be triggered via a sensor when an item is put in the container – have been provided by local schoolchildren and thank people for recycling.
Children from the borough have also taken part in a poster design competition, with the top four winning designs now featuring on the side on the bins.