A new sustainable offering to the built environment has been launched – the self-emptying litterbin.
The innovative vacuum technology system, developed by Envac, connects public litterbins to a waste collection system via a network of underground pipes.
Each bin contains a level sensor and once full, a valve beneath the bin opens, the litter is then sucked into the underground network and transported by air to a central collection station.
Envac's decision to launch globally follows the system’s recent success in Stockholm, Sweden.
The six-litterbin system handled more than two tonnes of waste throughout summer and processed an average of 170kg of public waste each week.
Envac will now hold a series of consultations with local authorities in the UK to discuss how the system can support their long-term infrastructure plans and waste management targets.
Mike Merriman, Envac UK's managing director, said: "Waste management is now an urban planning priority and if cities throughout the world are to remain globally competitive they need to be clean, attractive and sustainable.
"The self-emptying litterbin system tackles the pervasive issue of overfull litterbins and addresses the social consequences associated with litter within the public realm.
"Not only that but it handles in minutes what manual collection methods take all day to do and reduces the costs and disruption associated with conventional litterbin collection."
Envac’s automated waste management system has been integrated into Quintain Estates' Wembley City development, where it will manage the waste of more than 4,000 residential units.