Freshkills Park Blog

Solar trash compactors

GOOD‘s series The Road Map to Harmony features BigBelly‘s wireless, solar-powered trash compactors, installed on various streets in Philadelphia.  The receptacles reduce sanitation pickup requirements from 17 times per week to 5 and send sanitation management a text message when they get full and ready to be emptied.  Big savings on costs, fuel and emissions.  Impressive.

Big Belly also has a pilot machine installed in New York City’s Union Square.

(via Urban Omnibus)

September 2, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | , , ,


  1. I’ve seen Big Belly trash compactors set up in other places around NYC too, like in Jackson Heights in Queens. The Jackson Heights ones were put there a few years ago as a result of a group of youth activists at Renaissance Charter School.

    Comment by Joanna | September 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the tip, Joanna. Wouldn’t it be cool to have access to a dynamic map of all types of renewable energy demonstration projects around NYC? Maybe it exists, and we just don’t know about it yet.

    Comment by freshkillspark | September 3, 2009 | Reply

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