Barnet Council has agreed to pilot two solar powered compacting litter bins after Labour councillors called for action to tackle litter from overflowing bins on high streets and in parks.

Cllr Laurie Williams raised the issue in a member’s item titled ‘Action to cut litter and boost re-cycling’ at the Environment Committee (9 Sep). His member’s item said:

“We believe that the council could be doing more to cut litter and help boost recycling. We therefore call for action to:

  • Stop overflowing litter bins in busy parks and streets by emptying them more frequently.
  • Introduce bins in streets and parks that have a separate section for recycling as well as general waste.
  • Pilot solar powered compacting recycling bins, including near the exercise equipment in Montrose Park, as part of a wider awareness-raising programme in local parks.”

Councillor Laurie Williams said:

“The Barnet Tories have cut investment in street-cleaning over the last few years and it’s starting to show on our streets and in our parks. We need more bins and for them to emptied more frequently.

“It’s great that we’ve got agreement to pilot two solar-powered compacting litter bins, an environmentally friendly way to help keep streets and parks clean. I hope that this pilot is a success and the council will roll-them out across the borough.”





  1. A copy of Cllr Laurie Williams’ member’s item can be found here:

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