The “Big Belly” solar powered trash compactor was just one of the many new innovative items and ideas presented at the National League of Cities Exposition in Orlando, Florida. http://www.bigbellysolar.com/
“Big Belly” uses 100% solar power. This unit does not need direct sunlight and is designed with shade from buildings and trees, etc. in mind.
This unit holds five times the volume of a normal sized trash container. City crews would have to empty this can five times less than a regular trash container. Depending on the location, this type unit could be an asset to many cities.
Areas such as parks, green-ways, etc. that are off the beaten path, would be perfect for ”Big Belly.” These areas are subject to small amounts of litter, not bagged trash from passing automobiles. The volume of trash is fairly predictable and vehicle traffic in these areas could be kept to a bare minimal.
“Big Belly” cost a little more than twice as much as a decorative trash container. This cost difference, possible dump savings, the pros and the cons, would have to be discussed before possibly choosing “Big Belly” for locati0ns in our city. With the city beginning to get more and more involved with parks and green-ways…..cost saving ideas like this may be just around the corner.