Have you ever walked past one of the new trash cans and wondered what they do? Let us tell you a little bit about the BigBelly Trash Compactors! The BigBelly is a solar-powered, high-capacity trash can. What exactly does that mean? It means that this machine uses the sun’s energy to automatically compact trash at the point of disposal (capacity is 5x an ordinary trash can), and once the trashcan is full it sends a message to the collectors. Our Grounds crew can also see online when it’s emptied, how full it was, what the trash volume is on specific dates, etc. As a result of this smart technology, less collection trips are made, thus reducing fuel usage and emissions by up to 80%, preventing trashcans from overflowing, and saving time and labor.
This is a big move towards creating more sustainable communities. Big-Belly Trash Compactors are currently located at Santa Catalina, San Nicolas, Santa Cruz, Manzanita, San Rafael, the Main Housing Office, as well as several locations across campus and we are hoping to add them to many more spaces. Check out the BigBelly Solar website if you would like to find out more information regarding these revolutionary machines.