This week, Big Belly Solar solutions introduced five solar compacting waste stations which are expected to reduce trash collection and hold more waste. However, could these glorified trash bins be the key to both a clean and innovative?
After Occupy Wall Street decided Lower Manhattan would be the stage for their recreational middle finger to the 1% of the world’s economic strata living in Manhattan, engineers realized that we need a dope way to clean up after these fools. Moreover, as more residents are expected in Lower Manhattan in the coming years, these smart rubbish bins may help with more than just occupiers and their waste.
Glorified Rubbish Bins
BigBelly Solar Stations provide on-site trash compaction driven by solar power and remotely monitored via wireless technology. In collaboration with the Downtown Alliance BigBelly Solar Stations, affixed with maps of Lower Manhattan, have been placed at five highly-trafficked pedestrian intersections in the district. These locations include:
BigBelly Solar Stations, which have a capacity that is five times of a standard trashcan, use solar panels to power a motor that automatically compacts contents, resulting in less bagging and trips for pickups. An electronic sensor installed in the bin alerts sanitation units when it becomes full.
Big Belly Adoption
“With thousands of people walking our bustling streets each day, BigBelly Solar Stations are sure to be a big success in Lower Manhattan,” said Joseph Timpone, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Alliance for Downtown New York. “Lowering fuel emissions and streamlining sanitation services by compacting the litter, these bins will reduce both the amount of bags needed to collect waste and the number of trips needed for collection.”
However, Lower Manhattan is not the only area testing out Big Belly technology. Other New York City commercial corridors including Union Square, 86th Street in Bay Ridge, all Bronx Business Improvement Districts, 5th Avenue in Park Slope, and North Flatbush in Brooklyn are giving these bins a go.
With such curiosity and willingness by New York City Officials, New York City’s long dirty identity could become a thing of the past in the future.