The English city of Bath has slashed collection frequency to create a cleaner downtown, and the citizenry are responding. Read on for the news on how Bath joined the ranks of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are using Bigbelly to keep their streets clean.
BigBelly Solar Keeps Bath Clean
The U.K. city joins Strasbourg, France, and Salzburg, Austria, as UNESCO Heritage Sites deploying Intelligent Waste & Recycling Collection System
NEWTON, MA / October 25th, 2012 – BigBelly Solar today announced the launch of its revolutionary waste & recycling collection system in the City of Bath. This UNESCO Heritage Site has deployed 25 solar-powered BigBelly compactors throughout Bath and North East Somerset Councils to reduce litter and dramatically reduce collection frequency.
The Councils will see savings of more than £170,000 in savings each year from operational efficiencies, driven by the additional on-site capacity the compactors provide, as well as the remote monitoring and reporting system that provides real-time data to collection personnel on any device, reducing collection frequency by close to 80%.
Councilor David Dixon, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said recently “It makes great sense because bins need emptying less frequently meaning our staff can be deployed in the war against grime much more efficiently.”
Bath joins Strasbourg and Salzburg as the third UNESCO Heritage Site to adopt the system to keep its historic tourist areas free of overflowing rubbish bins. Strasbourg, the home of the European Parliament, deployed 25 BigBelly stations in 2011 and recently decided to expand with an additional 24 locations.
In Salzburg, BigBelly has drastically reduced collection frequency. “Instead of four collections a day, we only need to travel and collect every second day,” said Michael Wanner, Director of road and street cleaning for the City of Salzburg. “The system speaks for itself in terms of environmental benefits.”
In all, BigBelly Solar waste and recycling stations can be found in more than 30 countries around the world, including more than 15 European nations.