Nambucca Shire Council Upgrades Their Bigbelly Smart Waste System

Nambucca Shire Council in the coastal region of New South Wales, Australia first started using the Bigbelly smart, solar-compacting waste station back in December 2015. Since then, the council’s fleet has continued to grow to its current total of 40 stations – currently one of the largest council fleets in Australia!

This past year, the council upgraded their remaining HC4s (4th generation Bigbelly compacting model) to the most up-to-date HC5 model, with the installation of 15 brand new solar-pwoered, smart waste compactors. The new stations have been distributed throughout the areas of Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville with the aim of creating a more productive and efficient waste management system.


The aptly named Bigbelly not only compacts and holds 5 times more waste than a standard waste bin, it then sends the user a text or email to let them know it is ready for collection.

Before Bigbelly installation, Nambucca Shire Council was collecting each of their public waste bins 7 times a week. Currently with Bigbelly, they are only collecting an average of 4 times a week and this figure continues to decrease resulting in huge savings for the council in terms of labour, fuel and operational costs.

Nambucca Shire Council was awarded Highly Commended in the Hey Tosser Litter Action Awards category of the 2016 Keep New South Wales Beautiful Blue Star Sustainability (Regional) Awards. The Blue Star Sustainability Awards have grown out of the iconic Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches and Tidy Towns award programs. Having such a progressive region council being recognised by such a premier organisation for litter reduction and environmental sustainability was a momentous occasion in the journey of smart waste here in Australia.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Nambucca Shire Council and ensuring that they continue to benefit from an optimised smart waste management system for many years to come.

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