One of Binit’s core aims is to reduce the impact of heavy vehicle movements. Many of Europe’s cities are still built on medieval layouts and we are increasingly wanting pedestrians and cyclists to feel safer in these urban areas. Unfortunately, the most efficient way to collect waste is in a 26tonne bin lorry. Electric bin lorries are finally appearing on our streets, but demand is high, supply is low and it will be a while before it’s the norm. In the meantime, diesel is the fuel of choice.
Binit working closely with InExeter, the Business Improvement District, to see if there were things that we could collect for recycling that would not traditionally be collected in small volumes. Small electrical equipment was the obvious stream, mainly because of the high environmental impact of landfill or energy from waste.
We decided we would ensure that collections were made by cargo bike in the city centre. To make this happened we made sure we gave small, branded bags to each of the businesses in the BID area. Binit partnered with Co-Delivery, our lovely local cargo bike delivery firm. I have a particular love of Co-Delivery as I met Jenny, its founder, on the Exeter City Futures Accelerator programme when we were setting up Binit back in 2017.
Co-Delivery collect small electrical items for us from businesses in the centre of Exeter. They take these to a central bulking point where they are moved out of the city by van. The cargo bikes are whizzing round the city all day making deliveries so collections are made on the existing routes. A little more effort in planning means that we have made massively less impact with our collections. Simple.