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An underground bin system has opened in Cambridge, which is the largest of its kind in the UK. The system will enable people to put waste down chutes outside of their homes.
This means that no wheelie bins are needed as waste and recycling is simply put into the chutes. The local councils are then notified when the underground collection chambers are full so they can collect the rubbish. It is estimated that the new system has eliminated the need for 9000 wheelie bins.
The Essex County Fire Service was called to a property in the area of Danbury after they received reports that a wheelie bin had caught on fire. The fire has spread to the side of a house and damaged an external gas pipe. Nearby properties were evacuated until the gas board could attend to mend the damaged pipe. The cause of the fire was ashes that had been put in the bin which hadn’t been allowed to cool.
An inventor who has invented a series of products to protect bikes from theft has invented a bicycle trailer made out of a wheelie bin!
With a budget of £50, he bought a new wheelie bin, some copper pipe, a pipe fitting, and some nuts and bolts to produce a nifty trailer to carry your shopping or your little ones.
Other inventions that the intrepid inventor has come up with include the world’s loudest bike horn, the cycle path gritting bike, an urban cloaking device called Biskiple, which is a fake skip for storing bikes and preventing theft and also a flying bicycle.
Volunteers have taken it upon themselves to clear Birmingham’s streets of mountains of rubbish that has piled up as the refuse collector’s strike rolls on.
Volunteers decided they had to do something after seeing piles of nappies building up on the street. Pest controllers have also warned that a rat infestation could occur as they would be attracted to the piles of rubbish.
The Youngtrepreneurs Youth Community Enterprise group and a Muslim community group were among the volunteers who are trying to clean up the streets.
The refuse collectors walked out after changes to council services which they say put up to 120 jobs at risk. Their union, Unite, say that strikes could continue until September.
The council say that the changes will save them £5 million per year and that they hoped to find a resolution to the rubbish crisis sooner rather than later.
Refuse collectors and union reps have met with council bosses to try to achieve a resolution and the union say that they are sorry that residents are suffering due to the lack of collections, but that strike action was taken as a last resort by workers who are desperate to protect their wages and jobs.