Say G'day, talking penguin litter bins travel from the UK to Australia

The penguin made the 9,000 mile journey from a factory in Derbyshire to Perth in Western Australia where it has taken up residence at one of the region's public swimming pools.

The penguin made the 9,000 mile journey from a factory in Derbyshire to Perth in Western Australia where it has taken up residence at one of the region's public swimming pools.

The penguin has been located by the Vic Hayton Memorial baby and toddler pool in the town of Tom Price. It is part of the Ashburton Shire's drive to reduce littering and to encourage children to dispose of rubbish appropriately. A shire in Australia is equivalent to our local councils.

Developed and manufactured by Derbyshire based company Amberol, the penguin has a recordable voice box enabling people to load pre-recorded songs and phrases, or to add their own messages. A motion sensor detects when litter is deposited and every time this happens, the penguin speaks. Messages will be changed regularly; the penguin's current responses include 'Yum yum, feed me more' and 'Thanks, that's the best meal I've had today'.

"We came across the bins after our Pool Manager, who originates from the Netherlands, explained how he had seen the talking bins at Efteling amusement park in Holland where children were lining up to put rubbish in the bin," explains Councillor Kerry White, President of Ashburton Shire. "After some internet research, he tracked Amberol down, who then referred the Shire to their distributor in Western Australia. We believe that this is the first Amberol talking penguin in the country."

Located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Tom Price experiences extreme heat throughout the summer months and so the local swimming pool is a well-used venue. Although a new addition to the town, the penguin has already proved popular with families and young children.
"While there are numerous bins located throughout the pool grounds, the talking penguin bin has been a big hit with children and parents alike," adds Councillor White. "The children love it, and because of its location, parents are able to use the bin while maintaining correct supervision of the babies' pool."

Made of recyclable polyethylene, the penguin bins are located at a range of different sites across the UK including primary schools, theme parks and Sea Life Centres, as well as in countries further afield such as Israel and Norway. Amberol also supply a range of non-talking bins to councils, amusement parks, schools and businesses.

"We are delighted to have this particular British visitor," comments Amberol's distributor for Australia, Mark Lovell. "The penguin bin has already had a positive impact on litter awareness and we hope that this will be the first of many Amberol penguins to escape the cool UK climate and join us here in sunny Australia!"

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