Following the unsuccessful trial of 'sea gull proof' bags in Fratton, PCC are now investigating a new solution that has a host of advantages including: No rubbish ever left on the pavements, no need for householders to bring rubbish through the house from the back garden to the front and automated collection of rubbish allowing more frequent collections and less delays or disruptions whilst collections take place.
The solution will be trialled later this year in Southsea in the area bounded by Fawcett Road, Lawrence Road, Highland Road, Francis Avenue and Goldsmith Avenue.
It is quite a sophisticated solution involving the use of re-usable bags, new collection lorries and mountings on the front of houses at 1st storey level. Full details are not yet available but local councillors described it as a modern take on the old mail train bag drop service, where sacks of mail hanging from special hooks would be automatically 'caught' by fast passing trains without the need to slow down or stop.
It is believed the PCC scheme will allow householders to do away with dustbins in gardens and the need to bring rubbish through the house and leave it on the pavement, instead placing it straight into the sack suspended well above head height at the front of the house.
This will keep it clear of foxes and other vermin and avoid the split bags and rubbish all down the street that is unfortunately so common today. It will also minimise smells due to the high level of ventilation.
Collection will be via new semi-automated trucks where a single driver will be able to collect rubbish at 3 times the speed of a normal 3 or 4 man crew, greatly reducing overall costs even though current plans are for 2 collections per week.
Some local residents are concerned about the appearance of the new rubbish stores but a PCC spokesperson has stated that bags will be available in a range of pastel colours and the University of Portsmouth School of Engineering Design have been engaged to ensure that the technology not only works, but also is pleasing to the eye and in keeping with the area.
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