Friday, June 22, 2012

Charlotte Installs Solar-Powered Compacting Bins for Waste Collection

The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services (SWS) has installed five
BigBelly solar waste stations in Uptown as a pilot to further reduce
litter, encourage recycling and enable the City to deliver essential
services at a reduced cost.

Two of the solar waste stations are for garbage only and are at the
following locations:

· Price's Chicken Coop at 1614 Camden Road

· Charlotte Area Transit bus stop at 715 Charlottetown Avenue

Three stations in the following locations allow for the disposal of
recyclables and garbage:

· Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on the 4th Street side

· Time Warner Cable Arena at the 300 block of E. Trade Street

· Time Warner Cable Arena at the 300 block of 5th Street

Combining solar-powered remote monitoring and on-site compaction, the
BigBelly solar systems use data and increased capacity to reduce the
need for collection trips by 80% - conserving fuel, saving money and
reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"The BigBelly Solar solution gives us an efficient way to manage our
on-street waste collection that demonstrates the City's overall
commitment to sustainability," said Victoria O. Johnson, SWS Director.
"The management console will enable us to improve operations and
deliver tremendous efficiencies by significantly reducing collections
– with no risk of overflow or litter."

Not only do the solar waste stations reduce collection trips and
litter in Uptown, they also reduce the City's carbon footprint by
minimizing fuel consumption and diverting recyclables from the waste
stream. The solar stations compact garbage – allowing for five times
more capacity than regular containers – and include receptacles for
collecting plastic bottles, newspapers, glass and other recyclables.
The systems also send notifications to staff when full, so crews know
when to provide collection.

The results from the one-year pilot will determine if SWS explores
installing additional BigBelly stations in other areas of the city.

For more information on Solid Waste Services, visit

About BigBelly SolarBigBelly Solar is the pioneer and industry leader
for delivering financial and environmental savings to the public space
waste and recycling collection process. Combining solar-powered remote
monitoring and on-site compaction, the BigBelly Solar system uses data
and right-sized capacity to empower municipalities, universities and
other organizations to reduce their collection frequency and increase
public space recycling. With nearly 1,000 customers worldwide, the
award-winning BigBelly Solar Intelligent Waste & Recycling Collection
System has saved communities tens of millions of dollars in fuel and
labor costs while reducing their carbon footprint. BigBelly Solar
products are "Assembled in the USA" and recognized as a best practice
by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Clinton Climate