Pilot project is being studied by US

Sensor technology has been installed in more than 300 litter bins by the City of Edinburgh Council as part of a trial to stop them overflowing. Data gathered will also help identify improvements in bin collection and routes.

The technology is being tested in the city centre, Leith Walk, Leith Links and Portobello. During August, their collections increased by 24%, with some collections doubling or even quadrupling in frequency. It includes a heat sensor, to combat fires, and the ability to detect fly-tipping.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “The success of the pilot is attracting a lot of attention from other major cities particularly in the US, where the authorities in Washington DC have contacted us to share our experiences with them.”