The public garbage can hasn’t evolved much over the years. Public trash bins are usually nothing more than that, empty bins to fill up with trash. There is a new type of garbage can available that is putting the sun to work. The Big Belly Solar trash can in a trash can with a solar panel on top that takes as much energy as a single Christmas bulb. The Big Belly uses this sun harvested energy to compact trash street side when the can reaches a certain amount. It can hold as much as five times the amount of a regular can.
The Big Belly garbage can is also a way for cities, universities, parks, or any other community areas to cut down on the costs of trash removal. Garbage trucks are needed less, emissions are cut down and the upkeep, gas, and maintenance is lowered on garbage trucks. The city of Philadelphia has put the Big Belly system to work for them. They have replaced 700 traditional garbage cans, with 500 of the Big Belly Solar compactors. Reducing trash pick ups from 17 times a week to 5 times a week. Over the next 10 years they plan to save $13 million dollars. The units can even be wrapped in custom decals, giving your public area a little personalization.
The Boston Red Sox, Georgetown University, The Oregon Zoo, and many other places have also put the Big Belly to use. At beaches and parks, the Big Belly cuts sown on the trash overflow which leads to bird feeding on trash, creating higher levels of E. coli. The solar powered Big Belly keeps out animals, which in a park setting is very helpful.
The Big Belly Solar compactor is even smarter than it might lead you to believe. It can even connect to a main computer through a wireless network and let you know how full each bin is, showing you on a map where each bin is located. This is an ideal scenario for cities using the system. This technical information can improve trash collection routes. There is no sense going to a bin that is not filled completely. This is yet another way the Big Belly can cut costs.
The Big Belly is available in different set ups. You can get the garbage bin alone, or you can choose a kiosk which you can set up with paper recycling, bottles, and cans configuration also.
The only down side to all of this is that the cans compact the trash so much that it creates an environment that is not the best for landfills. Landfills need air surrounding the trash to help the trash breakdown. The Big Belly produces tight packets of trash that may take longer than regular trash to break down in landfills. The benefits may outweigh the negatives depending on how you look at it. All in all, the Big Belly Solar Compactor is a new way of looking at cities, parks, and other public areas going green, and putting the sun to work for you.
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