BagBin
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What is a BagBin?

What is it and what's the problem?

Bags of rubbish are left on the streets of Dublin City every evening after 5pm. They are generated by people living or working in premises with no room for conventional bins.

These bags are collected anytime before 4am the following morning.

In the time between when the bags are left out and then collected, seagulls, foxes, cats, dogs and rats, all get a turn at the bags, frequently tearing them apart and spreading the contents as loose litter on the streets.

They are a real trip hazard for all.

And they never make a pretty sight!

The Problem

Bags on Dublin City Streets every night

Photo of bags on Dame Street.
Photo of bags on Cows Lane.
Photo of bags on Middle Abbey Street.
Photo of bags on a footpath.

A Possible Solution

Dublin City Council went out to tender last December looking for a viable solution to the problem of bags of rubbish left on the streets for collection.

They selected BagBin as the solution with the most potential and are now engaging in trials on some Dublin streets to determine if this option is a solution which could be rolled out throughout the city.

Photo of BagBin collapsed, ready to be stored.
Photo of BagBin expanded and ready for use.

BagBins are only 20mm thick when flattened so they can be stored easily in a minimum of space and deployed on the street to hold bags securely until they are collected.

Photo of plastic bags on footpath.

Before

Photo of BagBin keeping footpath tidy.

After

About Dublin City Council Trial

Where & when?

The Trial with BagBins is starting on 5th October 2021 with just a single BagBin station with 10 Bagbins situated at the junction of Drury Street and Castle Market.

A number of merchants in the vicinity who regularly present bags of rubbish on the street have agreed to partake in this trial.

Similarly, a number of waste collectors have also agreed to participate.

The merchants will now bring their bags of waste to the Bagbin station and use their designated key to unlock and release a fresh Bagbin. They will relock the Bagbin station securing the remaining BagBins and deploy the one they took out, depositing their bags of waste inside and closing the lid.

Dublin City Council will be closely monitoring the performance of the Bagbins and shortly after the first set of Bagbins are trialled a number of further units will be rolled out at various locations throughout the City.

We welcome any and all input, feedback and questions - see Have Your Say section below.

Photo of BagBins locked in a moveable plinth.

Our trial will use a post set in a moveable concrete plinth or "station" to hold up to 10 BagBins securely.

The stations will be strategically placed to capture all bags in a given area.

Photo of BagBins expanded and ready for collection.

Customers will remove a Bagbin from the station, deploy it and place their bags inside before closing the lid.

Photo of waste collector lifting a BagBin to reveal the plastic bags.

When the waste collector arrives he simply lifts the Bagbin up (it has no bottom), closes it flat and drops it back on the secure post at the Bagbin station ready for the customer to use again.

Have Your Say

Tell us what you think.

What do you think of the Bagbin concept? (Good idea?, Bad idea? Why)

Email us at feedback@bagbin.ie

FAQs

Questions about BagBin and the trial.

The trial is starting on 5th October 2021 on the junction of Drury Street and Castle Market.

The trial will continue until we have learned enough to determine if the BagBin solution has potential throughout the City and beyond.

To be determined.

Yes, and probably a bit smaller.

The Bagbin measures 970mm high x 900mm wide and 20mm thick when stored.

The deployed BagBin has a capacity of 270 litres . A household wheelie bin is 240 litres.

Anywhere between 2 and 6 bags, depending on how full they are and how tightly they are packed into the BagBin.

The Bagbins are designed and manufactured in Ireland.

Very strong. They are made from Polypropylene, which is very hard to cut or damage without cutting tools, grinder or the like BagBin.

About Us

Owenbridge Limited.

Owenbridge Limited

The company was founded in 1994 as a Development, Manufacturing and Consultancy company by husband and wife John & Mena Dunne. The company also engages in consultancy work primarily in the waste sector.

Products developed and manufactured range from household items such as pot stands, plate racks, mug trees and a whole range of homeware products, to a 3D board game (4tecgame.com) and a golf putting aid device (puttie.com).

Bagbin is the latest product the company has developed and it is into its second year of the Patent Application process with the BagBin design and expects to be granted full Patents in many countries in the coming months.