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Major revamp for Tower Hamlets’ underground bins
SULO has undertaken many “major refurbishments” of underground waste containers in the London borough of Tower Hamlets to help make it easier for residents of one of the borough's housing estates to dispose of waste.
By installing the popular SULO Iceberg Optima underground waste container it has enabled Tower Hamlets Council to make less frequent collections in urban areas reducing Carbon emissions and reducing potential Health and Safety incidents.
The use of underground waste containers has become more prevalent in new housing projects around East London as the benefits in reducing anti-social issues and saving operational costs are realized more and more.
Existing underground refuse units in the borough have been updated or replaced with its main housing association – Poplar Harca – choosing to refurbish 78 of their existing units across five estates.
The refurbishment comes after the firm successfully performed refurbishments on a small number of the units previously. The improvements were such that Poplar Harca asked for a wider programme of refurbishments to help improve the ease of use for residents.
Tower Hamlets Council now uses a large number of underground refuse containers as a means of reducing the amount of wheeled bins in the densely populated urban area.
The underground waste units – known as the SULO Iceberg Optima – are formed from an above-ground bin, known as a column. The column features a ‘night-safe' style opening for residents to dispose of their waste.
The column sits on top of an underground container placed in a cast concrete shell, which come in a range of capacities from 3m3 to 4m3 to 5m3. On collection day, the units are lifted out of the ground by a Hi–ab type vehicle.
Under the refurbishment process, the old inner containers and the safety platform were replaced with new SULO Icebergs systems. The new units were a different size to the original units and SULO had to manufacture replacements to fit perfectly the existing footprint in Tower Hamlets preventing additional civil works.
SULO already have similar underground waste containers in Scotland, the North-West, East and West Midlands, and the South-East of England.
Housing Associations and Local Authorities are now also realizing that the use of underground containers could be seen as a response to residents' complaints about having too many wheeled bins with some residents are complaining about having four or five wheelie bins for which they haven't got room.
Underground containers could also be considered for use for recycling centres in housing estates, in multiple-occupancy high density areas as their high volume and low space requirement allied to all the benefits of being sealed lend them to this kind of usage.
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