Recycling bins that are to be used for the London Olympics this 2012 are being redesigned to make them truly a part of our modern times. A recent development by a London based business made these recycling bins bombproof and also installed LCD screens on them that will show people the latest and breaking news.
Two former students from the well-acknowledged London School of Economics were the ones who created this company which they call Renew. The project involves the installation of one hundred bombproof recycling bins in the London financial district before the opening of the quadrennial games in July.
Kaveh Memari, the CEO of Renew mentioned in an interview,, “There has been hardly any innovation in this space. Rubbish bins have just been a box with a hole.” These new design of recycling bins are transparent and are slightly elevated from the ground via a pole. A plastic rucksack is attached to it for the recyclable items and trash. Being transparent plastic, bombs and other dangerous devices can easily be detected by sight once they have been placed in them.
Before, London City authorities have been very reluctant to place recycling bins in places like Underground stations and other busy places because of the threats expressed by terrorist groups specifically the Irish Republican Army. A situation like this happened before in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympics when a bomb was placed in a trash container in Athlete’s Park which resulted to the deaths of many individuals. On July 7, 2005, a bomb was placed in a bin near the entrance of the Underground Station Aldgate in East London, resulting to the death of fifty two people.
According to the company, their take on waste management is not a simple thing. He was quoted saying “We don’t think this is just solving issues with recycling or bins. Yes it helps to go green and it helps to be safe, but this is also about usefulness.”
In case an attack happens, the LCD screens on the bins will help disperse the information to the panicked public. Memari also stated, “One big criticism from the 7/7 attacks were the lack of communication. The phone networks were down and there was nothing coming to people. But (with the Renew Recycling Bins) we could turn our screens into an emergency broadcast channel.”
The Steering Committee of the London Olympics itself lauded the concept, saying that Renew recycling bins screens can help a lot once the London Olympics start. These screens can also alert other people about other important situations such as emergencies and congestion of traffic.
The recycling bins have been funded by the Qatari Islamic Bank and amount for about 25,000 British pounds per piece. They are made from a special material that is four times stronger than steel. Contents providers have the access to the LCDs while Renew is the one who will pay for the bins and their maintenance. The London Olympics will be safer, cleaner, and better with the use of these bins. After having the Olympics as its first ever client, the company is now meeting with Singaporean and Manhattan City authorities who also want to have these waste containers in their areas as well.