City of Canada Bay deploys a fleet of Bigbelly Bins.
Canada Bay, NSW, 14th January 2016: The City of Canada Bay is taking an innovative lead on waste and recycling, installing a fleet of solar powered waste and recycling bins across the city which can hold up to five times the amount of waste of a conventional 120L wheelie bin.
The Bigbelly bins, provided by Solar Bins Australia, use the sun’s energy to power a compactor that compresses waste when it is disposed of, reducing the potential for bins to overflow and the need for collection trips.
The Bigbelly bins also use cloud technology to alert Council staff when they are full to reduce inspection requirements. By saving service trips, they are estimated to reduce greenhouse emissions related to bin servicing costs by up to 80 per cent.
The Bigbelly compactors have been installed in six locations across the City, including the seating area near the entrance to Strathfield Station, at high foot traffic areas along Great North Road in Five Dock and along Henley Marine Drive.
City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said the trial of the Bigbelly bins was another innovation introduced by Council that showed it was leading the way in terms of the environment.
“We have been recognised at a state and national level for our commitment and innovation towards sustainability and this is another example,” he said.
“The Bigbelly waste stations were installed in January to take advantage of the holiday period with people out and about. This month, we are installing the first of our recycling stations which will be at Livvi’s Place, Five Dock, as part of our first public place recycling trial in the City. I look forward to seeing the benefits of the Keep Our Bay Beautiful Litter campaign in the future”.
Mayor Tsirekas said that in the first month of installation, collection trips had reduced significantly from up to seven days a week in certain locations down to twice a week.
The City of Canada Bay will continue to monitor the progress of the Bigbelly pilot program and hoped to see the results maintained over the trial period.
The Bigbelly bins have been used around the world in New York, Boston and London as well as closer to home in areas like Nambucca Shire, Scenic World in the Blue Mountains and Wet N Wild Sydney in New South Wales.
The bins were deployed and will be monitored by Solar Bins Australia, Australia’s leading smart waste provider.
National Operations Manager of Solar Bins Australia, Silke Stolze stated “We have been working closely with the City of Canada Bay’s team over the festive season and have already seen significant reductions in collection requirements”.
Bigbelly stations around the world work to reduce the costs of collection, whilst providing an avenue to improve other community services.
“We aim to work closely with City of Canada Bay to ensure a positive impact on the community.” Stolze stated.
About the City of Canada Bay
The City of Canada Bay is located in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney, about 6-12 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. The City of Canada Bay is bounded by the Parramatta River in the north and east, the Municipality of Ashfield, the Burwood and Strathfield Council areas in the south and the Auburn Council in the west. The City of Canada Bay is a predominately residential area, but also has some commercial and industrial areas. The City of Canada Bay encompasses a total area of 20 square kilometres, including many parks, reserves and foreshores.
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
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 by 70-80 percent.