Clean Street is a startup based in South Africa that supplies and services double-sided bins for disposal of cigarette and gum litter free to municipalities, which also feature double-sided advertising space to generate revenue.
The bins clamp around street light poles and traffic light poles, offering convenient points of disposal of cigarette and gum litter in full view of the thousands of daily commuters and pedestrians. The design blends the bin easily into various different environments.
The outer casing is made out of virgin and recycled weather resistant plastic, making it a cigarette and gum bin built to last longer. The actual inner bin, where litter will be deposited, is made from virgin fire-proof plastic. The mouth of the bin is fitted with a tongue shaped piece of stainless steel with a dual purpose. One for pinching of the cigarette butts before disposal. The other, is to create a smaller space on the bin mouth, making it difficult to deposit other larger litter.
Clean Street’s bins are made from 30% recycled plastic, which also makes it less attractive to thieves as the scrap value is low. Hence the cigarette and gum bin is smartly designed and constructed to discourage vandalism and theft.
Clean Street holds the patent for this product, in South Africa and 24 other countries. The business is focused on been environmentally friendly by keeping cigarette litter off the streets, as this is the one number street litter worldwide. The business has also managed to create new and sustainable jobs and empowers employees by giving them profit share. Its products are produced in Soshanguve, Gauteng, therefore creating indirect jobs as well.
Its advertising areas are in Eastern Cape, Kwazulu natal, North West, Free State, Limpopo, Northern Cape, and Gauteng, among other locations throughout South Africa.
Clean Street has been awarded as the SEDA national business competition winner-a contest that recognizes small enterprises throughout South Africa-beating 5500 businesses.
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