Project Description


City Solar

Designer: Yrjö Ojanen, 2016

City Solar is a next-generation compacting smart bin designed for the collection of waste in urban environments. It is the ideal solution where large collection capacities are required on public streets and parks. City Solar reduces the required number of maintenance visits, saving the environment and increasing the cost effectiveness of waste management, by decreasing the required frequency of visits for emptying it.

It is ideally applicable for general waste management logistics, as the 240 litres wheeled waste container, which is used as the inner containers of the collection equipment, can be emptied directly into the container of a waste truck or another vehicle fitted with a container tipping device.

This smart bin has a large capacity allowing waste to be collected in large amounts, is equipped with a solar-powered compression unit, which compresses the material collected in the inner container, and thus the collection capacity can be utilised effectively. The frequency of emptying can be reduced, on a number of cases, even by 80-90%.

City Solar is fitted with a patented fill-level measurement technology, which measures the fill capacity and indicates the levels via small traffic light signals on the front of the bin. The technology is also connected to the FinBin Care cloud service, an online platform for maintenance management. The data updates are sent via Wifi. The map-based software shows the location information and status and provides basic data for statistics, sends automatic notifications by email for the responsible service provider when the bin needs emptying.

Its layouts can be fully customised according to their locations through the use of different colours. Additionally, it is also possible to use different materials on the side panels, or print images or textures for the panels.  The front of the bin can easily be customised into a recycling unit with coloured labels and a variety of rim masks to accommodate for different types of waste. The aperture of the bin is protected by a hatch can be opened by either using a hatch and a foot pedal, this ensures that waste is protected against weathering and vermin.

The City Solar has a robust design, the body is constructed from aluminium. The sturdy lid is constructed from stainless steel. The whole bin can be coated in a Nano anti-graffiti coating protecting it against vandalism. It is 1440mm high, 7500mm wide and 890mm deep. The exterior is available in metallic black and can also be powder coated to different RAL colours, the lid is available powder coated (RAL) to match the existing outside environment. City Solar is a free-standing litter bin and at an additional cost, can be fitted with a concrete slab. Batteries are fitted into the City Solar to power the fill-measuring technology when needed.

The City Solar and City Pack bins have already been installed in a number of sites including City of Solna (Sweden), City of Tampere (Finland), Korkeasaari Zoo (Finland).

Product dimensions:

Height : 1440 mm
Width: 7500 mm
Capacity: 240 litres 

Material: Aluminium 

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