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Monday 26 August 2019

Bin Bungee to stop litter blowing in the wind

Colaiste Rís students, Amy Ward, Fausta Razmaite and Sarah White. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics
Colaiste Rís students, Amy Ward, Fausta Razmaite and Sarah White. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Margaret Roddy

Dundalk schoolgirls Amy Ward, Sarah White and Fausta Razmaite have come up with an ingenious idea which they hope will put an end to the problem of wheelie bin lids being blown open by the wind.

As part of a Transition Year programme, the Colaiste Ris students developed the Bin Bungee for their enterprise project. Their mini-company has already been a prize-winner at the schools' enterprise competition in Louth and they went on to represent the county in the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park in May.

'The bin bungee can be fitted to the bin to keep the lid from blowing open and to keep litter off the road,' explains Amy. 'Basically it drills into the lid of the bin and then the end of the cord hooks under the lid to keep it closed.' They decided to continue with the project at the end of the school  year as they feel it has great potential to eliminate the problem of litter being blown about during windy weather and to  help people do their bit to keep their community tidier.

The girls have set up  a Facebook page to promote their product and have got the thumbs up from Dundalk Tidy Towns who commented: 'What a brilliant idea and helps keep our town cleaner'. The bin bungee costs  €6 or two for €10  and can be ordered through their Facebook page 'The Bin Bungee'.

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