Bigbelly in Manitoba | “High-tech solar trash compactor for Transcona”

The City of Winnipeg’s Transcona Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is one of the latest communities in Canada and around the world to embrace the Bigbelly smart waste and recycling system. Paired perfectly with a community-focused clean up announcement, Transcona BIZ announced their use of the Bigbelly system to ensure that waste stays in its place, reduces area litter, and increases productivity related to waste and recycling collections. Welcome, Winnipeg’s Transcona BIZ!

“I have seen these bins at work on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and in downtown Penticton, B.C., and in both places the streets were pristine,” said Alex Morrison, Executive Director of the Transcona BIZ, thrilled to have this high-tech waste management system in Transcona. “They are also in use in Kenora, so we know they work in our climate. We are all very excited to have the first one in Manitoba here in downtown Transcona!”

Read on for the report from the Winnipeg Sun:

Transcona BIZ unveiled its [Bigbelly] Solar-Powered Trash Compactor at a demonstration and “ribbon cutting” ceremony on Friday, to coincide with its massive Community Spring Cleanup event.

Workers put the finishing touches on Transcona's new Big Belly Solar Compactor. Submitted / SunMedia

It’s the first [Bigbelly system] in Winnipeg, up and running almost a year after the BIZ pitched the idea of a pilot project for these units to Transcona Councillor Russ Wyatt. Located in the 100 block of Regent Avenue West, the new [Bigbelly] replaces one of the standard-issue City of Winnipeg duo waste and recycling containers. It can accommodate five times the amount of waste as the old containers as each time the unit gets close to capacity, the solar-powered compactor inside the [Bigbelly] compresses the waste.

Equipped with a cellular connection, the bin communicates back to City and BIZ staff that it is getting full and ready for a pickup, through a smart phone app. Pickups can then be scheduled only when needed but before the bin gets over full, saving fuel, staff time and other resources. […]

Winnipeg-based Sycamore Energy is the Manitoba distributor for [Bigbelly].

“We’re very happy to be able to bring this clean, green technology to our province and see it in action,” says Justin Phillips, President and CEO of Sycamore Energy in a press release. “The [Bigbelly] is the perfect combination of renewable energy and waste reduction.” […]

Source: Winnipeg Sun


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