Providence’s Thayer Street Business Improvement District Demonstrates its Commitment to a Cleaner Community with the Bigbelly Smart Waste and Recycling System

Beautifying Thayer Street and optimizing waste collection in the District’s marquee location is enhancing the community for visitors, students, workers and residents


Providence, RI, March 8, 2016 – The Thayer Street ‘Business Improvement District’, better known as the Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) today announced the deployment of the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling system for more efficient waste management coverage across the District. In support of its continued commitment to leverage innovative technology to enhance the District, Bigbelly’s smart waste and recycling system has replaced all of the traditional trash bins on the streets with smart, connected waste stations while providing a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful landscape for the community and its visitors and residents.

“The Bigbelly smart waste and recycling system enables the Thayer Street community to enjoy cleaner streets and sidewalks,” said Dean Martineau, Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) Chairman & Asset Manager Capstone Properties.  “In addition, in the three months since they were installed we have already increased our collection efficiency by 90%.  While previously needing our collection crews to empty each trash container once per day, we have now been able to reduce our collections to just once per week, enabling our collection crews to focus their efforts on other important District improvements.” 

The smart, cloud-connected Bigbelly system gathers, consolidates, and analyzes data from connected waste and recycling units for a complete waste management solution that beautifies public spaces and increases operational efficiency. Sensors and intelligence triggers notify waste collection employees when units near capacity, aiding in optimized collection scheduling and public space cleanliness.

Aligned with innovative BIDs around the globe, the TSDMA has reaped the benefits of its Bigbelly system investment to deliver improved core community services and infrastructure, while making this landmark location cleaner and more enjoyable,” said Jack Kutner, Bigbelly’s CEO. “The innovative use of technology to create a connected infrastructure is continuing to support the District’s commitment to provide substantial benefits to all who live, work, and visit the area.”


About the Thayer Street District Management Association (TSDMA) 

The Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) was established by Thayer Street property owners and granted status to operate as a ‘Business Improvement District’ by the City of Providence Code of Ordinances and in accordance with RI General Law 45-59-14(b) in January 2006. The District is comprised of the area bounded by Bowen Street, Brook Street, Waterman Street and the rear lot line of parcels that face the western side of Thayer Street. Over the years since our establishment, the district has undertaken the installation of new sidewalks, new bicycle racks, public outdoor benches, a bicycle repair station, district wide tree wells improvements and beautification, replacement of unhealthy or missing trees, facilitated group trash compactors and cardboard recycle centers, co-sponsored the fabrication and daily management of the City’s first public Parklet, daily sidewalk cleaning, trash and graffiti removal as well as hosting an annual fall art festival.

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