The team here at Bigbelly has a lot to be thankful for this year. The Bigbelly product has evolved through five generations over the past twelve years in business and this year we have gone “Beyond the Bin” in many regards. We are grateful for being showcased as an iconic… read more →
New solar powered trash & recycling bins come to Main St. business district. From Santa Monica, CA.
By William Pentland, Contributor I discovered a brand spanking new BigBelly Solar trash compactor on the way to my local coffee shop this morning. I was impressed. BigBelly Solar was founded nearly a decade ago in Newton, MA with the goal of cleaning up the trash business. And that is a very… read more →
Bath, United Kingdom – New solar powered bins have arrived in Bath to help keep more litter off the streets. The 26 bins, which have been installed around the city centre, have eight times the capacity than the average street bin.
The BigBelly Solar intelligent waste & recycling collection system combines a powerful management console, software-enabled network command center, and family of mix and match waste & recycling stations into a toolkit that enables municipalities, colleges & universities, government facilities and other institutional customers to reduce the operating costs associated with collection by 80 percent.
As part of a just-launched pilot at University of Washington, a number of the existing outdoor garbage and recycling cans on Red Square have been replaced with high-tech, automated kiosks that collect more types of materials.
“It’s changing the way we think about waste,” said UW Recycling & Solid Waste Manager Emily Newcomer. “We expect the increased capacity and the as-needed servicing to dramatically reduce our fuel use and disposal costs while using a sustainable energy source to create these efficiencies.”
Mayor Michael Nutter presents Carlton Williams, Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Streets Department, an award for going above and beyond daily requirements. “He works with our block captains to keep our streets clean, he implemented weekly recycling and installed those fantastic BigBelly solar-powered trash cans all over the city,” Mayor Nutter said. “You know I love those BigBellies.”
A system that combines solar-powered remote monitoring and on-site compaction is responsible for cleaner streets, less trash truck traffic and reduced emissions downtown, allowing Waste Management to collect the 25 BigBelly Solar waste stations about twice weekly instead of twice daily as before with the 50 trashcans they replaced. “If it’s a busy summer weekend…they’ll be emptied,” says Kristin Littlefield, City of Newport, RI’s Clean City Program Coordinator. “But on a Monday, they’ll be monitored instead of sending a truck right away.”
To provide vital public solid waste collection services in the face of rising costs, rising waste volumes and increasing budget pressures, a growing number of communities around the globe are taking an innovative, practical step to reduce the demand for waste collection trips, reaping both immediate and ongoing benefits of dramatic operating cost savings and substantial reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
BigBelly waste & recycling stations are helping make the US Virgin Islands cleaner and more efficient. Remote monitoring and on-site compaction allow the stations to be collected less frequently, freeing up manpower and resources. The stations have been approved by the appropriate Historic Preservation Commissions.
Northern Kentucky University Dining Services is hosting a charity event on April 9 in which participants will attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Proceeds will be going to NKU Green and will support sustainable initiatives on campus: “Specifically, to purchase BigBelly solar-powered waste and recycling stations for the campus,” said NKU Dining Services Marketing Director Janelle Craft.
Information technology allows us to redefine the task to require less physical energy even though we are accomplishing the ultimate goal more efficiently and quickly. You can use IT to better plan your activities, so you reduce your need for physical travel. An example is the solar powered BigBelly trash compactor for outdoor applications, which not only compacts the waste five times, but also sends a text message when full, so the truck knows when to pick it up. These combined innovations reduce truck travel much more than 80 percent!
Network of 60 BigBelly Solar waste stations helps WM divert more than 90 percent of waste and recover about 70 percent of materials. “Through careful partnership and education of vendors, Thunderbirds and the community, we achieved our goal of making the WMPO the greatest and greenest show on grass,” said David Aardsma, the company’s chief sales and marketing officer.
Arlington, TX – The parks department installed new BigBelly Solar dual trash and recycling stations at the Founders Plaza next to Arlington City Hall. On-site trash compacting allows for more time between emptying the trash cans, and the communication system eliminates trips to check on the receptacles, all of which saves personnel time and fuel and reduces fuel emissions.
How BigBelly Solar’s “Smart Grid for Waste & Recycling” can save cities millions of dollars a year. Liz Claman interviews CEO on Fox Business Network’s “After the Bell.”