Solar-powered trash receptacle to use renewable energy to save money
and turn public spaces into clean eco-friendly zones
TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Waste Management today announced that it has
entered into an agreement with BigBelly Solar under which Waste Management
will provide WM Solar Powered Trash Compactors to its customers, including
municipalities and high-traffic facilities. Waste Management has become the
exclusive waste and environmental services company distributor of BigBelly
solar compactor technology in North America.
"We know busy intersections, public parks, city streets, sporting events
and other public spaces can be magnets for trash," said Dave Aardsma, senior
vice president of sales and marketing for Waste Management. "Ordinary trash
barrels can easily overflow and become eyesores. The Waste Management solar
powered trash compactor can provide a number of solutions in those uses, by
reducing waste collection frequency, lowering costs for our customers and
ensuring a greener, cleaner environment."
WM Solar Powered Trash Compactors are completely self-powered, using
built-in solar panels to compact trash. About the same size as a standard
35-gallon trash barrel, each compactor provides five times the capacity of a
traditional trash receptacle. When the unit reaches capacity, sensors trigger
an internal compactor that flattens the contents, converting 180 gallons of
waste into easy-to-collect bags. A wireless system then signals that the unit
is ready to be picked up. This cuts the need for trash pickup by up to 80
percent, which reduces collection costs, fuel use and greenhouse gas
emissions. The compactors also include receptacles for collecting plastic
bottles, newspapers, glass and other recyclables.
"We're very excited to bring the benefits of on-site solar compaction to
such a wide group of customers nationwide," said Richard Kennelly, vice
president of marketing for BigBelly Solar. "These compactors are made from
recycled materials, and even work in areas that don't receive direct
Waste Management will initially target municipal governments and
high-traffic facilities interested in reducing the need for trash collection
and keeping public spaces clean and litter free. "Consumers report that
convenience and accessibility of public trash and recycling receptacles are a
major influence in encouraging them to dispose of waste properly and to
recycle more," said Ted Blowes, national chairman of the nonprofit Communities
in Bloom. "Providing environmentally responsible options in public spaces can
be a valuable tool for communities as they raise awareness of the importance
of proper waste disposal."
The solar powered trash compactors are currently being used successfully
in hundreds of locations across Canada, the USA and in 15 other countries,
including the Canadian cities of Calgary, Banff, Montreal, Ottawa, and
Vancouver. The cost-savings can be substantial: the City of Philadelphia, for
example, expects to save nearly $13 million over the next 10 years by
replacing 700 litter baskets in Center City with 500 solar powered trash
compactors and 210 companion recycling units.
Together with Waste Management's other sustainability goals, Waste
Management is investing in new technologies to better manage waste, including
in public spaces.
About Waste Management
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of
comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries
provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal
services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of
waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.
Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal
customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com or
About BigBelly Solar
BigBelly Solar is the maker of the BigBelly - the world's only solar
powered waste compaction system. BigBelly Solar was founded in 2003 with a
mission to improve the environment and the economy by crafting efficient
solutions to everyday problems. We develop innovative, cost-saving approaches
to reducing fossil fuel consumption, making for cleaner, more efficient
communities. Our flagship product, the BigBelly, can be found around the
world, reducing costs by cutting down the frequency of trash collection trips.
To learn more please visit www.bigbellysolar.com.
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