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Top 25 Most Efficient Smart College & University Deployments -- 2016 in Review

Posted by Bigbelly on 1/31/17 11:43 AM

As we look back at 2016 and ahead into 2017, we reflect on and are inspired by our customer successes. We are excited to unveil the Top 25 Most Efficient College and University Deployments Using the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System.  

Congratulations to each and every one of these college and universities, their student body, staff, and faculty! These higher education instutions are power users of their smart waste system and are taking full advantage of data-driven waste management across campus!

1. University of Alberta (AB, Canada) - 91% Average Efficiency for 2016!

2. University of CaliforniaBerkeley (CA, United States)

3. University of CaliforniaSan Diego (CA, United States)

4. University of Illinois at Chicago (IL, United States)

5. University of North Texas (TX, United States)

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Topics: Community, Higher Education, College, Optimization, Efficiency

Top 25 Most Efficient Smart City Deployments -- 2016 in Review

Posted by Bigbelly on 1/31/17 11:20 AM

As we look back at 2016 and ahead into 2017, we reflect on and are inspired by our customer successes. We are excited to unveil the Top 25 Most Efficient Smart City Deployments Using the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System.  Congratulations to each and every one of these cities, towns, parks and transit systems, business improvement districts, other public spaces for constituent enjoyment and their impacted communities! These cities and entites within are power users of their smart waste system and are taking full advantage of data-driven waste management across city limits.

1. Thayer Street District Management Authority, RI (United States) - 99% Average Efficiency for 2016!

2. Cheshire West and Chester Council, England (United Kingdom) 

3. Brighton and Hove Council, England (United Kingdom)

4. DunLaoghaire Rathdown Council, Dublin (Ireland)

5. Gravesham Borough Council, England (United Kingdom)

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Topics: Smart Cities, Municipality, Transit, Optimization, BIDs, Parks, Efficiency

Top 25 Smart College Campus Deployments with Highest Diversion Ratios -- 2016 in Review

Posted by Bigbelly on 1/31/17 11:05 AM

As we look back at 2016 and ahead into 2017, we reflect on and are inspired by our customer successes. We are excited to unveil the Top 25 Highest Recycling & Compost Diversion Ratios from College and University Deployments.  Congratulations to each and every one of these college and universities! We could not be more proud to be a part of these organizations' success in achieving goals related to public space recycling diversion to create a more sustainable community for today and tomorrow.

1. University of California - Merced (CA , United States) - 69% of Waste was Diverted from the Landfill!

2. University of California - San Francisco (CA, United States)

3. University of Washington - Seattle (WA, United States)

4. University of California - Berkeley (CA, United States)

5. University of California - Santa Barbara (CA, United States)

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Topics: Recycling, Compost, Higher Education, College, University, Diversion Ratio

Top 25 Smart City Deployments with Highest Diversion Ratios -- 2016 in Review

Posted by Bigbelly on 1/31/17 11:04 AM

As we look back at 2016 and ahead into 2017, we reflect on and are inspired by our customer successes. We are excited to unveil the Top 25 Highest Recycling & Compost Diversion Ratios from Smart City Deployments.  Congratulations to each and every one of these cities, towns, parks and transit systems, business improvement districts, other public spaces for constituent enjoyment and their impacted communities! We could not be more proud to be a part of these municipalities' success in achieving goals related to public space recycling diversion to create a more sustainable community for today and tomorrow.

1. City of Santa Clarita, CA (United States) - 66% of Waste was Diverted from the Landfill!

2. City of Burlington, VT (United States)

3. Santa Clarita Transit, CA (United States)

4. City of San Diego, CA (United States)

5. City of Louisville, KY (United States)

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Topics: Smart Cities, Recycling, Municipality, Compost, Transit, Diversion Ratio, BIDs, Parks

Industry Read: "The 4 IoT products a smart city needs in 2017"

Posted by Bigbelly on 1/25/17 1:03 PM
"Public safety and public services are key elements of a smart city. Whether a city is seeking smarter streetlights, more efficient waste removal, or gunshot detection, there are smart city products that stand out more than others. Here are some of the best and most useful devices that were used in smart cities around the world in 2016 and that will be vital in 2017.
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Topics: Smart Cities, IoT

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Awarded Inaugural Title of Most Efficient Global Municipality Using Smart Waste Management System

Posted by Bigbelly on 10/11/16 3:03 PM

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) announces the honour to be named Most Efficient Global Municipality as the award’s inaugural winner. This award dignifies DLRCC’s optimized performance and transformation by using the Bigbelly Smart Waste System for data-driven, smart waste management operations in their council-wide public spaces. DLRCC beat stiff competition from some of the over 500 global municipality customers across 50 countries which leverage the Bigbelly smart waste management system for their public space waste.

The Most Efficient Global Municipality award, adjudicated on the level of smart waste management efficiency gains, operational benefits, and decreased environmental impact, is the first of its kind promoted by Bigbelly, the world leader in smart waste and recycling systems featuring real-time, analytics driven software and the patented range of smart waste compactors and sensor bins.

The Council extensively trialled the Bigbelly system prior to purchasing 400 units in December 2014. Benefits of the DLRCC’s smart waste system use, as detailed in the European Commission Procurement publication in April 2015, included the following:

  • The litter bin footprint was reduced from 530 litter bins to 421 Bigbelly patented solar powered compacting litter bins, however, the capacity of the system increased from approximately 45,000 litres to over 250,000 litres;
  • Using Bigbelly’s web-based application called CLEAN to monitor real-time levels of waste in the compactor bins, the number of litter bins collected during a working day was reduced by over 85% which resulted in a reduction of 75% in fleet operating costs;
  • 60% of collection staff was able to be re-deployed to other services within the Council.

As the bins feature an enclosed design, the Council has experienced a dramatic decrease – and in most cases elimination – of overflowing bins. As such, there has also been a significant reduction in the hours required for street sweeping and cleaning litter.

With the improvement in operational efficiencies and reduction in the fleet size, the smart waste system has also reduced DLRCC’s energy consumption as it relates to refuse vehicles by the equivalent of 85,000 kWh per annum. This in turn has resulted in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, non-renewable resources, local air pollution, and noise pollution.

Since 2015 as part of their extensive and integrated Smart City initiatives, the DLRCC leveraged the Bigbelly system as a host platform for additional smart sensor services by installing footfall sensors in the compacting units. This has enabled the council and local business community to assess this data for the success of their local improvement initiatives. The Council also leveraged the units’ valuable real estate to engage an advertising program. Local businesses have the opportunity to promote their services and the local economy while DLRCC re-invests the revenue share from the advert program back into the municipality core services.

“Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council showcases its leadership as a forward-thinking Smart City by embracing a smart waste system to optimize their waste operations while making their public spaces cleaner and more enjoyable,” said Claude LeBlond, Bigbelly VP International Business. “We are overtly impressed with their adoption of best practices and their embrace in delivering a smarter core service to the community.”

“While this smart waste and recycling system has transformed public space waste management in municipalities across the globe, the deployment we honour today is one that exemplifies the best possible application and experiences optimal benefits,” said Brian Phillips, Bigbelly President and COO. “We are honoured to have Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council as a customer who truly embraced the change that comes with a smart waste system and are grateful to be a catalyst of change in creating an optimized, more sustainable, and enhanced Council experience for today and tomorrow.

Cllr Cormac Devlin, Cathaoirleach (Mayor) of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said: “Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to accept the inaugural award in this prestigious international competition. It showcases the County Councils strong commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and drive tangible efficiencies in our day-to-day work process through the medium of smart, analytic driven technology. Thanks to our partnership with Bigbelly, Inc. and their Irish Distributor Kyron Street, I am delighted to say that our County is at the forefront of data-driven municipal operations. ”

 

Screenshot from CLEAN Management Console of the DLRCC Smart Waste Deployment – Software from which the Council determines optimized collection routine to achieve operational efficiencies.

 

Most Efficient Municipality inaugural award presentation ceremony surrounding one of the smart waste compacting units; from left to right: Richard Shakespeare, Director of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; Don Coughlan of Kyron Street Ltd. the Official Bigbelly Distribution Partner in Ireland; Claude LeBlond, VP International Business at Bigbelly; Brian Phillips, President and COO at Bigbelly.

 

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About Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Situated in an enviable location between the Dublin Mountains and Dublin Bay, the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has a thriving population of 218,000 with a diverse mix of nationalities, access to the major transport links in Dublin, a vibrant economic profile from large scale multinational firms to single shop artisan producers, an engaged local democracy, a wealth of recreational facilities and a beautiful and accessible natural environment in the mountains and the seashore. Discover more about the County at http://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/visiting-dlr

 

About Bigbelly

Bigbelly, Inc. is the world-leading provider of smart waste & recycling management solutions with more than 1,500 customers in 50 countries. Providing Solar-powered compactors & containers with sensors, the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System combines smart, compacting waste and recycling stations with cloud-connected management software for real-time visibility, actionable insights, and robust analytics with reporting for optimized, data-driven waste operations. The system helps customers beautify their public space and reduce operational costs by 70-80 percent. Discover more at: www.bigbelly.com.

The Bigbelly System is distributed in Ireland by Official International Distribution Partner, Kyron Street Ltd. TEL: 01 5134836 email: info@kyron.ie

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Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Council Member Cumbo Announce Expansion of Smart Waste and Recycling System

Posted by Bigbelly on 9/13/16 3:02 PM

Eco-Friendly Waste Bins will be Installed Throughout Newly Expanded MetroTech BID

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Council’s Bigbelly bins able to devour more waste

Posted by Bigbelly on 9/6/16 3:02 PM

Brighton & Hove City Council has launched a set of solar powered bins that can swallow up to eight times more waste than a normal bin.

The ‘Bigbelly bins’ use the sun’s powerful rays to compact any litter placed inside, meaning they can stomach loads more rubbish.

The 100 hi-tech bins also use super-smart ‘cloud-based’ tracking systems to send text and email messages to the council’s street cleansing teams when they are full and need emptying.

At present staff need to check and empty the ordinary bins every day, some up to five times every 24 hours. However the Bigbellies’ compacting and message systems mean the new bins won’t need daily attention, which will allow the street cleansing teams to concentrate on other areas of the city.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, said: “Bigbelly bins are a fantastic invention that will help us tackle recycling and waste at the busiest hotspots in the city.

“They will help reduce collections and therefore costs, free up staff to carry out other collections and ensure we have cleaner public spaces, which is a win win for both the council and our residents.

“This is part of our ongoing improvements to refuse and recycling services that will benefit all our residents and visitors.”

The first set of bins will be in place from Thursday 1 September at Brighton Rail Station, Queens Road and West Street. The bins will also be located at other busy pedestrian areas:

  • Western Road to the Floral Clock at Palmeira Square
  • North Street and the Old Steine
  • Preston Street to Kings Road
  • Kings Road from West Street to Black Lion Street
  • St James’s Street, and
  • London Road.

A Bigbelly unit takes up roughly the same footprint of an existing street bin but runs entirely on the sun’s energy and, even in low light, powers a 12 volt battery.

The Bigbellies are so effective they are now being used throughout the UK and major cities globally including Amsterdam, Chicago, Dublin, Sydney, Stockholm and New York’s Times Square – one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas.

The council will also carry out a ‘deep clean’ power wash of all the streets where the bins will be located, with the aim of removing chewing gum, dirt and grime.

 

Source: Brighton & Hove City Council Communications Office

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"Smart waste bins with free Wi-Fi in Sharjah"

Posted by Bigbelly on 6/23/16 5:03 PM

The Bigbelly platform is multi-purposed in Sharjah to deliver Wi-Fi service to the community along the corniche. Sharjah is third largest city in the United Arab Emeritates, part of the Dubai metropolitan area, and located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. The UAE's leading integrated environmental & waste management company leverages the Bigbelly smart, connected technology platform to deliver much more than timely collection behavior and cleaner public spaces. Read on for coverage from the Emirates 24/7 publication to learn more...

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ACT Government leads in waste innovation

Posted by Bigbelly on 6/2/16 4:02 PM

Canberra is set to trial Smart Bins to tackle waste

Canberra, ACT, 02 June 2016:  In an Australian Capital Territory first, the ACT Government will deploy Bigbelly Solar Powered rubbish bins across three new Canberra locations. The smart bins, which hold more than 4 times the amount of have been deployed as part of a 12 month trial to gather data for the ACT Government’s Waste Feasibility Study.

The appropriately named Bigbelly® bins use the sun’s energy to power an internal compactor that compacts the rubbish at the point of disposal, significantly increasing capacity by almost five times within the same sidewalk location as ordinary 140L rubbish bins. By increasing the capacity, the bins reduce overflow issues, reduce the number of collection trips required and can cut related fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

And that’s not where the benefits stop. The smart, cloud-connected Bigbelly system gathers, consolidates, and analyses data from connected waste and recycling units for a complete waste management solution that beautifies public spaces and increases operational efficiency. Sensors and intelligence triggers notify waste collection employees when units near capacity, aiding in optimised collection scheduling and public space cleanliness.

“The ACT Waste Feasibility Study will use the data gathered from this trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the bins to assist the government to determine future financial and environmental savings available. The study is investigating a range of options around how best to manage and minimise waste in the ACT and surrounding regions now and into the future. This trial will help the government to decide an appropriate plan of action around bin quantities, size, location and collection frequency” stated ACT Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris.

The capacity of the bins, matched with the collection alert technology will greatly benefit waste collectors from the ACT’S Territory and Municipal Services. The data captured from the smart bins will provide around-the-clock fullness level data, collection activity information and will create a more efficient waste management solution to better optimise collection schedules and public space cleanliness in the ACT.

“We are currently emptying rubbish bins at Kingston three times a week. We now expect to be able to reduce this to once or twice a week depending on usage and events in the area such as the Old Bus Depot markets. This is a significant saving over a year, for example” said Minister Fitzharris.

Not only is the deployment a first for the ACT, but the ACT Government follows some great examples of deployments of Bigbelly’s in cities worldwide such as New York, Los Angeles, London and closer to home, City of Melbourne.

The ACT Government is committed to continually improving waste management with the government aiming to achieve clean environment and a carbon-neutral waste sector by 2025.

The Bigbelly stations will be deployed in three locations in Wright, Campbell and Kingston.

The smart bins have been deployed and will be monitored by ACT Government waste collectors and Solar Bins Australia, Australia’s leading smart waste provider.

Managing Director of Solar Bins Australia, Leon Hayes stated “The ACT Government’s Waste Feasibility Study is a significant study for not only waste management in the ACT and the region but across Australia. A deployment of Bigbelly’s speaks to the goals set out in the ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-25.”

“This is achieved by educating the community through the awareness of our smart bins, providing the opportunity for increased public place waste collection, total containment of waste by the Bigbelly, meaning no overflowing bins and a reduction in wasted vehicle collections meaning a significant reduction in carbon emissions.”

We have seen worldwide the benefits of the Bigbelly and smart waste technology can bring to the community, visitors and the environment. We will work with the ACT Government on a street level to ensure the benefits of the Bigbelly are realised”.

 

About the ACT

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a self-governing territory in the south east of Australia. The only city in the ACT is Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The estimated resident population of the ACT as at 30 June 2015 was 390,757 persons.

About Bigbelly

Bigbelly, Inc. is the world-leading provider of smart waste & recycling management solutions with more than 1,500 customers in 47 countries. Solar powered, the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System combines cloud computing with smart compacting waste and recycling stations.

About Solar Bins Australia – www.solarbins.com.au

Solar Bins Australia is Australia’s leading provider of smart waste and recycling management solutions with more than 50 customers across all states of Australia. As the exclusive partner to Bigbelly, Inc their systems help customer beautify their public space and reduce operational costs.

 

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Bigbelly offers a multi-purpose platform for building smarter cities. We are uniquely positioned as a public right-of-way platform that modernizes public space waste management, delivers Smart City solutions, and hosts communications infrastructure. Join us as we think Beyond the Bin!

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