The Smart Waste & Recycling Solution

Keeping Out the Critters

Everything In Its Place

Bigbelly compactors have been a good addition for our trash management.  They have reduced our tipping frequencies, kept animals out of the trash, and best of all, students like to see and use them.

— Les Lawson,
Iowa State University

Now in their fifth generation, Bigbelly solutions have been designed to deliver the optimal performance for our customers. In addition to the labor and fuel savings that come from optimized collection operations, our customers have realized one of the other key benefits of the solution – keeping trash in and animals out.

The enclosed design eradicates many animal-related issues. Seagulls and other birds are not extracting trash and rodents of all kinds — from squirrels to rats — are barred access from the containers, which has in some cases reduced their overall population in areas where the solution has been deployed. Bees and other insects are denied access, too, keeping them from building nests and stinging visitors and citizens. Even bears are unable to access the waste contents due to the unique hopper design.

Spotlight: King County Metro Transit

Waste collection can be problematic at transit stops. Ridership peaks lead to bin overflow and ground litter. Riders often dispose food waste prior to boarding. Food waste attracted crows and other birds to outdoor stops in the King County Metro system which increased customer complaints and ground litter. King County responded to feedback by installing Bigbelly compactors at high volume stations to deny pests access to waste.

Spotlight: New York City Parks

NYC-parksOpen spaces and wooded parks offer ideal habitat for rodents and birds. High quantities of food waste and litter provide a consistent food source for these pests. Uneven collection frequencies and lack of manpower led to overflows and putrefaction.

By deploying Bigbelly, the NYC Parks department decreased rat infestations by eliminating their food source. Results from a study of Thomas Paine Park showed a 93% reduction in infestation following the Bigbelly deployment.

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