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Council to try out hi-tech bins that text when full

Hi-tech bins which automatically text council staff when they are nearly full could be on the way to an area which covers a large part of the famous Antrim Coast Road as well as some of Northern Ireland's top attractions.

The road is regarded as one of the world's most scenic drives but one thing visitors don't want to see are overflowing bins.

Ballycastle-based Moyle District Council hope to install the bins which are operated by solar power to compact rubbish and automatically send a text or email to the council when they are almost full.

Council director of environmental services Aidan McPeake said the plan is to install the bins at isolated areas so it cuts down on staff having to travel distances every so often to empty them.

The council wants 10 of the so-called 'Big Belly Bins' at a total cost of £40,000 but £30,000 of that would be grant-aided and the council is waiting to see if the funding bid is successful.

Cushendall councillor Colum Thompson said there were reports of bins overflowing in the Glens area this summer and he welcomed the plans.

Larne Borough Council, which looks after another significant stretch of the Antrim Coast Road, already has the hi-tech bins installed.

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