A dynamic bin weighing system has helped Guildford Borough Council save money while encouraging more responsible recycling by its commercial waste customers.

The c-trace system was fitted to five refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) in 2016 to help the local authority understand how much waste commercial customers were disposing of so they could set a fair price for their collection and disposal services. This initiative was part of a drive by Surrey County Council to have a more complete picture of trade waste activity.

By accurately weighing each bin it collected, the council was able to place a surcharge on waste producers who exceeded a pre-determined weight per bin. This has drastically cut their costs and reduced the average weight of bins as customers were quick to respond.

It also has the effect of encouraging customers to recycle material in appropriate waste streams, to reduce the amount of residual waste and reduce their bill.

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