'Please sir they want some more' - talking bins come to Scotland

A former mining village in Scotland is using voice box technology to keep their local park tidy with the installation of singing litter bins. Townhill Community Council in Fife bought the novelty bins to encourage visitors to the park to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

The 90 litre bins are programmed to respond with a message every time litter is deposited. Designed to appeal to children, the bins come in the form of a chick and a penguin and are located in the children's playground area of the Miners' Heritage Park in Townhill which was renovated in 2014.
Council Chairman Ronnie Cowan first heard about the singing bins when they were installed in Liverpool in 2011.

The Townhill bins were customised by creating special messages which were then recorded on a voicebox for each bin. The messages are activated by a sensor which detects when litter has been placed in the bins' 'beaks'.

"Having heard about singing bins being used in cities in England, I thought they would be a perfect addition to our Miners' Heritage Park," comments Ronnie. "The chick and penguin look great in the children's play area and they have been really well received so far. Both adults and children love the novelty of being thanked in song for depositing their litter. Anything which helps keep our beautiful park clean and tidy has to be a good thing."

The chick bin features a thank you message recorded by local children from the Townhill Primary School, whilst the penguin sings a sample from the 'Thank you very much' song from the musical Scrooge and also features Oliver Twist's famous phrase 'Please sir, can I have some more?'

Made of recyclable polyethylene, the bins are manufactured by Derbyshire based company Amberol who supply talking bins to a range of sites in England, including schools and public parks.

"The novelty element of the talking bins has proven really popular with customers of all ages, and our penguin bins are one of our most popular products," comments Amberol's MD Patience Atkinson-Gregory.

"We have had feedback that the bins have really helped reduce littering, which costs councils hundreds of thousands of pounds to deal with."

The issue of reducing litter is high on the agenda in Scotland. As a nation, Scots drop 250 million visible bits of rubbish each year, according to Katherine Goodwin, Head of Greener Marketing at the Scottish government. To help combat the problem, the government has developed a nationwide anti-littering campaign called 'Dirty Little Secret' as well as setting up the Litter and Flytipping Community Action Fund which is open to community groups applying for grants to reduce littering and flytipping.

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