Britain is set to follow the lead of many European states and is to introduce interactive dustbins in a bid to clean up litter.
The dustbins, to be trailed across Liverpool and London, will have celebrities' voices, it has been confirmed. The talking bins are set to to have celebrity endorsement with Sing London using the voices of Michael Palin, "Britain's Got Talent" judge Amanda Holden as well as former cricketer and Question of Sport captain Phil Tufnell. As well as the celebrity endorsements, the bins can also say 'thank you' when someone dumps in their rubbish, they can also sing opera and Abba, give a round of applause and sometimes even burp.
Holden is expected to say: "This city's got talent. Former cricketer Phil Tufnell will shout "Howzat" and soprano Janis Kelly is to sing her message. The London School of Economics will monitor litter levels and, if there is a difference, talking bins may become permanent, the Daily Mirror reports Monday.
In Sweden, a talking bin collected three times more rubbish than a normal one nearby. Sky news reports that from October the specially designed bins will be placed around the cities of Liverpool and London in a bid to deal with the ever worsening litter problem in the UK. It has been reported that more than 30 million pieces of litter are dropped yearly in Britain and it is hoped that the specially designed bins will have the same impact in the UK as they have had in Europe. A total of 25 of the bins will be on the streets of Westminster for the next two months, with five going to Liverpool, Sky News reports.
"Its ambition is to actually make people care about the place where they live and we want to do that by using fun as a way to bring the best out in people," Sing London's director, Colette Hiller, told Sky News.
"Yes it's a bit of a gimmick, of course it is. But it's good fun and it's a gimmick with a serious message behind it, which is getting across that people really should do the right thing and get rid of their litter properly," said Ed Argar, the councillor in charge of waste management for Westminster.