The solar-powered ‘belly bins’ throughout the city centre are set to be replaced with dozens of new stainless steel bins.
The move, which will be rolled out over four years and is expected to cost £320,000, comes after complaints about over-flowing bins, and people leaving rubbish beside the bins because they didn’t want to touch the handle.
There are currently 170 of the bins, and the idea is to replace 40 a year, starting in the city centre, and to move the current bins out to neighbourhoods and parks.
The new ‘vibrant’ bins will be in two sizes, and are specially designed to fit wheelie bins inside them, which council bosses say will mean workers have to empty them less frequently.
Once the programme has finished, around 160 new bins will be in place.
A council report says: “The existing city centre Belly Bins are coming to the end of their useful life and looking increasingly unsightly.
“Overflowing litter bins, particularly at weekends next to fast food outlets has been cited as an issue by citizens and colleagues.
“This has been an issue with the Belly Bins as on occasions, the chute can become blocked or people leave litter around it because they do not want to touch the chute handle.
“There is also the issue of stubbing out cigarettes, which makes the solar panel unsightly.
“The new stainless steel bins will be able to collect more litter and will require much fewer visits by operatives to empty the bins.
James Arthur, 72, a former train driver from Aspley, said: “They just look really shabby. I quite liked them when they first brought them in, but I think they look grotty now. Some smart new one will definitely be a good idea.”
Wendy Arthur, 70, who is retired, said: “They’re ugly. If you’ve got something in your other hand then you can’t use them – because you need to use both hands. It definitely puts people off using them, so I think it’s a good idea.”
The council says the new bins will cost £800 for the smaller, 120 litre version, and £1,450 for a 240 litre bin.
A standard household wheelie bin in Nottingham is 240 litres.
They will be engraved with either ‘Keep Nottingham Clean’ or ‘Help Make Nottingham Clean’ as a logo on the front and back.
There will also be wheelchair-friendly ‘stubber’ plates for putting out cigarettes on the side of the bins, as well as one on the top.
Councillor Sally Longford is the deputy leader and portfolio holder for energy, environment and democratic Services, as well as representing the Lenton and Wollaton East ward.
She said: “As part of wider plans to improve the look of the city centre, we are going to phase in new stainless steel litter bins in central areas over the next four years.
“Some of the existing bins have come to the end of their useful life and are looking unsightly, but those that are still serviceable will be refurbished and relocated to neighbourhoods where the volume of litter is lower.
“We will provide larger bins in the city centre to avoid over-filling and hope this will help to encourage people to dispose of litter thoughtfully and keep our city centre clean and tidy.”