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Iranian inventor builds smart rubbish bomb-proof bin

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9011-15330

TEHRAN (ISNA) - An Iranian inventor Kaveh Memari has made rubbish bin dubbed "Renew" which is to be used in London streets during Olympics in London.

A sticking LCD screen on the side of the bin would tell Londoners about market moves and breaking news.

100 bomb-proof bins would be installed in London's financial district before the Olympics kick off in July.

Historically city of London authorities have been reluctant to place rubbish bins in busy areas and near London Underground stations, mainly because of bomb threats from the Irish Republican Army IRA guerrilla group.

In recent years, Londoners have also become accustomed to being handed free newspapers and magazines on their way to work, making recycling a greater priority.

Memari said Renew's recycling bins will be much more than just a waste management solution.

"We don't think this is just solving issues with recycling or bins. Yes, it helps to go green and it helps to be safe, but this is also about usefulness," said Memari.

"One big criticism from the 7/7 attacks was lack of communication," Memari said. "The phone networks were down and there was nothing coming to people. But we could turn our screens into an emergency broadcast channel."

The bins cost 25,000 pounds each, partly because they are made of special material which is four times stronger than steel. Renew pays for the bins and their maintenance, selling access on the LCD panels to content providers.

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