Hi-tech waste management system is part of Councilmember Curren Price’s clean-up campaign to eliminate blight, promote cleanliness and improve livability
NEEDHAM, Mass. and LOS ANGELES, Calif. September 29, 2015 – Bigbelly, Inc., the leader in smart waste and recycling systems, and Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. announced today the Los Angeles Ninth Council District is significantly expanding its use of the Bigbelly system to help combat the litter problem on city streets and throughout the region’s public areas.
Since taking office in 2013, Price has worked tirelessly to uplift the District as part of the “Clean & Green” initiative—helping to orchestrate hundreds of community clean-ups and directing resources to remove trash and illegally dumped items from alleys and neighborhood streets. The Bigbelly system is part of a comprehensive effort to eliminate blight, improve livability, and spur economic development. The initiative also includes the development of a multi-agency taskforce, installation of cameras in chronic dumping sites, and deployment of hundreds of trash cans. To date, combined efforts have resulted in the removal of over 6,000 tons of bulky items and nearly 4,000 tons of abandoned waste.
“This is a new era for District Nine that includes adoption of a hi-tech waste management system that leverages innovative waste receptacles, and connected real-time data collection and analysis software to help keep our streets clean,” said Price. “We are delivering on the promise of change to improve residents’ quality of life. Our community has the right to the same amenities and core services enjoyed by the rest of the city—clean streets, beautiful parks and green spaces, good paying local jobs, thriving businesses, and opportunities for our youth to learn and succeed. I am fully committed to making progress in every area so that residents who call the NEW 9th home live with dignity.”
The Bigbelly system includes waste receptacles that contain a built-in compactor, which increases waste volume and improves operational efficiencies by up to 80 percent. The “smart” system and its cloud-connected communication informs waste collection operators when the waste and recycling units need emptying. The innovative platform has proven effective and efficient in reducing collection frequency, which in turn reduces labor costs, and the Department of Public Works’ carbon footprint. The expansion will help curb what has historically been an ongoing problem for residents and businesses in the Ninth District.
First introduced at this year’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival, Bigbelly units are stationed along the Central Avenue commercial corridor in South Los Angeles. Following the successful launch, plans now include expanded use of the Bigbelly system by the end of 2015 along other main corridors that include Avalon, Broadway and Main.
The District has partnered with Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRDC), a youth-centered neighborhood-based community development organization, to deploy the Bigbelly system in high traffic areas throughout the District.
“L.A.’s Ninth District is going through a progressive transformation that focuses on improving the day-to-day lives of residents and protecting its unique history and culture,” said Jack Kutner, Bigbelly CEO. “It is one of the most vocal and focused communities – from neighborhood community groups, through city service departments and the local government –we’ve worked with. Since the successful unveiling of the first installations, the demand for Bigbelly has been strong, support overwhelming, and the feedback consistently positive.”
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Bigbelly, Inc. is the world-leading provider of smart waste & recycling management solutions with more than 1,500 customers in 47 countries. Solar powered, the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System combines cloud computing with smart compacting waste and recycling stations. The system helps customer beautify their public space and reduce operational costs by 70-80 percent.