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BigBelly is a solar powered, rubbish-compacting bin, manufactured by U.S. company BigBelly Solar for use in public spaces such as parks, beaches, amusement parks, and universities. The bin was designed and originally manufactured in Needham, Massachusetts by Seahorse Power, a company set up in 2003 with the aim of reducing fossil fuel consumption. The first machine was installed in Vail, Colorado in 2004. Other locations to since use the bin includeBoston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;Ventura, California; Oakland, California; Queens, New York; Aberystwyth; and Aberdeen, Scotland. Due to the bin's commercial success, Seahorse Power changed its name to BigBelly Solar.
The bin has a capacity of 567 litres. Its compaction mechanism exerts 5.3kN of force, increasing the bin's effective capacity by five. The compaction mechanism is chain-driven, using no hydraulic fluids. Maintenance consists of lubricating the front door lock annually. The mechanism runs on a standard 12 volt battery, which is kept charged by the solar panel. The battery reserve lasts for approximately three weeks. Wireless technology-enabled units report their status into the CLEAN (Collection, Logistics, Efficiency and Notification system) dashboard that gives waste management and administration insights for monitoring and route optimization. BigBelly Solar also provides companion recycling units that allow cities, parks and universities to collect single-stream or separated recyclable materials in public spaces.
Coming soon to a street near you:
The solar-powered bin which crushes the rubbish and emails council to say it's full
The humble rubbish bin may be about to enter the 21st century, if a hi-tech model currently being trialled proves a success.
The 'Big Belly', a computerised, solar-powered bin which costs £3,200, is hitting the streets of Inverness.
The futuristic model can take eight times as much rubbish as a normal bin of the same size.
Machinery inside the bin compacts litter automatically, and an internal computer is programmed to send an email to the council when the bin needs to be emptied.
Eight hours of daylight per month is enough to power the bin's electronic devices, as well as the metal compressor which crushes rubbish at regular intervals.
The high-tech bins are made by Irish company Kyron, and have previously been trialled in various towns in Ireland, as well as in Devon's seaside resorts.
Highland Council has now agreed to start a four-week trial of the Big Belly, and will place the bin outside the Inverness branch of McDonald's.
The city's provost Jimmy Gray described litter as the scourge of Inverness, and said that the Big Belly could be a 'big help'.
The new bin's sealed lid stops seagull and other vermin from scavenging, and the massive capacity of the bins, as well as the warnings they send out when they become full, should prevent overflowing.
Waste eater: The Big Belly bin uses solar power to compact waste and avoid overflowing
Another council official pointed out that the bin could reduce the burden on workers, as they would not have to empty bins so frequently.
Unison, one of the unions which represent cleaners, said it would expect to be informed of the implications for workers of the introduction of these automated bins.
The council will consider replacing all of Inverness's 50 public bins with the Big Belly after the trial ends next month.
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