Penguins come to Lincoln!

Shopping centres are increasingly becoming entertainment hubs for all the family, often offering facilities such as play areas, cinemas and bowling alleys.

However, areas with high footfall like shopping centres can also have a problem with litter. Here’s how one shopping centre in Lincoln tackled the issue with help from litter bin manufacturers Amberol (

St Marks Shopping Centre is popular with local residents; the site includes many national high street chains as well as cafes, fast food outlets and restaurants.  Management at the centre decided to embark on a litter bin replacement programme installing new bins in stages. 

Centre Supervisor Rick Waby explains: “Our old bins were made of metal and had open tops, which really isn’t ideal for litter disposal as rubbish can blow away or be spread about by vandals or even vagrants. We decided that we needed a new design of bin and consulted centre staff for their opinions so we could agree the key features that we wanted.”

A litter bin that ticks all the boxes

After some research online, Rick opted for Amberol’s sturdy Westminster Bin. With a 90 litre capacity, the Westminster has a hooded top to allow an easy deposit, but which makes it more difficult to access or disturb contents. 

Rick felt the design was much more suitable and being made from recyclable polyethylene like all Amberol bins, the Westminster was a more environmentally friendly choice than the old metal bins. 

The novelty factor

Another Amberol bestseller caught Rick’s eye – the popular Percy Penguin litter bin. Percy can be found in zoos, parks, shopping centres, public spaces and theme parks across the UK and as far afield as Australia. The novelty element of popping a piece of rubbish into Percy’s beak has proven very popular with the young (and young at heart) and Rick decided that a Percy bin would make great addition to St Marks.  

Since settling into his new home, Percy has attracted some media attention with a story on BBC Radio Lincoln and stories in the local press. 

The first stage of St Marks’ bin replacement initiative has been a big success and Rick is delighted with the choice he made opting for Amberol products saying: “The customer service has been brilliant from start to finish and the bins are high quality. I’d happily recommend Amberol to any organisation looking for good design and a robust product.”

Amberol will be on stand 2920. For more information 01773 830 930 today or email

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