Now that most people and communities are on board with separating out the cans, bottles and paper products from their garbage, a big focus is in reducing the energy used to collect all that stuff. To that end, BigBelly Solar, a waste and recycling management company, has launched its Smart Grid For Waste and Recycling, billing it as a next-generation waste collection system. The system is a web-based management tool that allows for greater transparency in recycling and waste collections.
BigBelly said the system includes new features at all levels of waste collection, from viewing data on a web browser, to alerts sent directly to recycling stations, to new tools being deployed at the street level.
One new tool the company is trumpeting is a compacting recycler that will manage recycling in high-volume locations. The company said it has already piloted the recycler with customers like MIT and Markham, Ontario. BigBellySolar is also using an entirely new family of SmartBelly components that sense but do not compact waste. The components have options for waste, recycling and organics to meet zero waste initiatives.
With the new tools, BigBelly says it’s helping reduce vehicle trips for collections by 70 to 80 percent, trimming the carbon footprint and fuel cost drain for vehicles that typically average less than 3 mpg.