Cleaning up rubbish has never been so pleasant for students at K College after a new talking bin was installed at the Brook Street campus.
When litter is placed into the bin, voices like Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, former England cricketer Phil Tufnell or opera singer Katherine Jenkins speak – or sing – their thanks.
Some of the messages include ‘I just love rubbish’, ‘I love it when you feed me’ and a kiss.
Musical theatre students were among the first to use the talking bin – which is the South East’s first of its kind.
Lucy Leech said: “It’s fun and it’s a great way to get people to put their rubbish in the bin instead of just leaving it on the floor.”
Lilli Connelly said: “It’s amazing, I wanted to put more in – we were all trying to chuck lots in. I really like the singing response.”
Hollie Rainbow said: “We’ve just run out to try it after we heard it was here, so it shows it really works. We really need more bins like this.”
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, who paid for the bin, is an Ambassador Authority for the Love Where You Live campaign and chose the K College Tonbridge campus because of the college’s ongoing commitment to keeping litter at bay.
K College principal Bill Fearon said: “As K College is very committed to keeping its campuses tidy, we are pleased that Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has chosen our campus in Brook Street as the site for the first talking bin in the South East.
“I’m sure the students will find it an effective reminder to do the right thing with their litter and it will be very interesting to hear what it has to say and who it sounds like.”
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, councillor Howard Rogers said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to place a talking bin in the Borough.
“The talking bins have proved that making litter bins fun things can encourage people to be responsible and to love where they live.
“They have helped to raise awareness about litter with people of all backgrounds and ages and, as a result, they have helped to reduce litter.”