Bigbelly Solar Waste Management Systems

Who is Bigbelly?

Founded in 2003, Bigbelly was determined to transform one of the least efficient and resource-heavy industries: waste operations. With the goal of enhancingBig Belly Trash and Recycle Receptacles productivity while reducing costs, fuel consumption, and labor, Bigbelly introduced solar-powered compacting waste bins for public spaces. These innovative bins boasted a remarkable 5X capacity, providing tangible value in increased productivity through reduced collections.

What is Bigbelly?

Built on Bigbelly’s fundamentally better bin, the Smart Max hides waste in plain sight with its enclosed Hopper disposal interface. The Smart Max is equipped with a compactor and sensors that monitor and report fullness level, collection activity, bin status, and GPS location; all information is communicated to Bigbelly’s CLEAN™ Management Console. With a capacity of 150 gallons (570 L), the Smart Max holds 5x more waste than a traditional bin. The Smart Max can be deployed standalone, or combined with any other Bigbelly bin to form a multi-stream kiosk.

Big Belly Trash and Recycle ReceptaclesWhat It is Doing for Laurel!

The installation of the bins is an important part of making Laurel cleaner and greener.  The public recycling bins are a first step in expanding public space recycling.   By increasing recycling rates in heavily frequented areas, the City will save money through reduced waste tonnage in addition to keeping our environment cleaner, especially in high-traffic areas.  The BigBelly solar trash compactors will keep garbage from overflowing, discourage illegal dumping of trash, and eradicate many animal-related issues due to the enclosed design.

BigBelly Solar Stations use solar panels to power a motor that automatically compacts contents, resulting in the need for fewer bags and lower fuel emissions from fewer pickups. An electronic sensor installed in the bin wirelessly alerts Public Works staff when it becomes full.