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Govbins

Govbins.uk

My good friend Harry has spent a few years travelling the country, taking photos of local council bins and documenting them on govbins.uk.

In March 2020, we were hanging out and he asked me would I help him add new features to the site and I happily agreed.

As we went into Lockdown, Harry started accepting submissions via Instagram as travelling for bins didn’t seem so essential.

It was originally a static site hosted on Github Pages made using Bootstrap with lots of overriding inline styles. It had a lot of repetition of markup and with so many high res images, the time to load the page was upwards of 15 seconds.

I ported the site to Next.js and Tailwind CSS, and used lazy loading to decrease the latency of the page. I also added sorting and submissions using Netlify forms.