Liverpool City Council, in partnership with APSE’s consultancy APSE Solutions, has published an Invitation to Tender for firms to be included on a ground breaking framework for the supply of Underground Refuse Systems, Associated Technology and Collection Vehicles.
The framework will give UK public authorities easy access to suppliers of the URS technology that is transforming the street-scapes of many European countries and creating a lot of interest in the UK. It is expected to be available for call-offs by the end of this calendar year.
Replacing tens of individual refuse bins with single underground units, not only improves the look of our streets, but also brings huge cost savings and slashes the carbon footprint of refuse collection. For new developments, installation costs can be lower than the cost of incorporating above ground bin storage areas and saves valuable space on the site. But URS is not just for new developments. For terraced housing it is the answer to the problem of back alleys blighted by rows of ugly wheeled bins, and can be used in parks and on sea fronts to greatly reduce emptying frequency and eliminate problems associated with litter spilling out on to the streets.
These underground bins in Cambridge illustrate how they enhance an eco-friendly new housing development