Bins cleaned with oxygen

Kevin Collins has created an environmentally friendly way of cleaning wheelie bins. Picture: Emma Reeves d406010
Kevin Collins has created an environmentally friendly way of cleaning wheelie bins. Picture: Emma Reeves d406010

Mr Collins recently came across a cleaning device known as an oxygen generator, which uses oxygen to break down bacteria, as he was pondering how he should clean wheelie bins.

Originally a builder, Mr Collins wanted to try a new venture when he moved to Perth four years ago.

After seeing how much water was wasted and how many chemicals were going down the drain as people tried to clean their bins, he decided to come up with an alternative option to get the unglamorous job done.

He imported a specialised machine from the UK and designed a bin cleaner, which incorporates the oxygen generator and is mounted on the back of his ute.

The machine picks up the bins and puts them through a cleaning process that splits the oxygen, which is then able to break down bacteria.

‘The ozone generator works by mixing ozone into the water,’ he explained.

‘When air is passed through a very high voltage, which is created in the ozone generator, some of the oxygen molecules are split into individual oxygen atoms.

‘They then re-combine with existing oxygen molecules to form ozone. The ozone then combines with any organic or some inorganic compounds such as pathogens, which they destroy (oxidation).

‘The water is also recycled using ozone technology. I thought it was something that could serve the community as a sustainable, environmentally friendly machine, which uses very little water and no chemicals or detergents,’ he said.