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Ipads for bin lorries get the go ahead

Exclusive Committee votes that bin men get shiny gadgets
Thu Sep 01 2011, 10:46

BURY COUNCIL has confirmed that its 22 strong fleet of bin lorries will be getting Ipads in a scheme that starts in October.

The Council's scrutiny committee put the issue to debate on Tuesday night and decided not to do anything to stop the purchase of Ipads from going ahead. The move will cost at least £8,778 based on the lowest cost model of Apple's shiny toy. The Council comfirmed it will be spending around £9,000.

A spokesperson for Bury Council told us, "The lorries will get iPads. The scrutiny committee is there to examine decisions that the council has made, or is about to make. It has the power to make comments on these, or ask that the decision/policy is looked at again and/or amended/reversed. Tuesday's scrutiny committee decided not to do any of those."

The Council confirmed that its new waste collection scheme will start from the first week of October featuring the fruit themed gadget. The aim is to raise recycling rates and therefore reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Bury Council said, "We hope that using the iPads will help us achieve both of those objectives, along with saving money and providing a better service to residents."

Ipad integration doesn't seem to end with bin lorries either, with supermarket chain Sainsburys set to trial shopping trolleys with docking stations for the gadgets. µ


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