Text service to tackle problem of overflowing bins

Simon Brouder

AS Tralee vies to keep its Tidy Towns' Gold Medal a new text service has been launched which allows the public to alert council staff if they spot an overflowing bin.

The text alert system was launched last week and has already proved effective with large numbers of the public texting the number, especially with reference to bins in the town square and around the town park.

Several months in the making the full bin text line was one of the first projects announced by Tralee Chamber Alliance when the business and tourism lobby group was formed last summer.

Designed by TextRepublic the text line service sends a direct message to council litter collection staff letting them know when and where bins are overflowing while the sender gets a message to let them know their text has been received.

An individual code number will be posted on each bin in the town centre and all the public have to do is text the short three digit code to 50050.

The cost of the text is free to the public. Tralee Chamber Alliance is covering the cost of the text line service while Tralee Town Council staff will monitor the line and clean out the bins.

Tralee Chamber Alliance CEO Kieran Ruttledge said the system is already working well.

"I tried it myself the other day when I saw a full bin in the square and one near the park. I texted about the bin in the square in the evening and it was empty when I passed the next morning and the bin near the park was cleared out within a few hours," he said.

"It's a simple system and I think it will work very well," said Kieran Ruttledge.