BigBelly Trash Compactor

Boston University has unveiled 33 BigBelly Solar Compactors in a pilot program on campus

Big Belly

This compacting trash receptacle is completely self-powered, harnessing the sun’s rays for 100% of its energy needs. The unit takes up about the same space as a traditional trash bin, but has a five times greater capacity, which reduces collection trips and therefore can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Collection vehicles are alerted via text message when BigBelly receptacles are full.

Also on campus are Cardboard Balers, machines that are used to create “bales” of cardboard that, when fully packed, can weigh in between 600-800 pounds.

In February of 2009, the balers captured and recycled 6.1 tons of cardboard. These are located at the dining facilities and a few other locations where large volumes of cardboard are produced.

For more information on the campus BigBelly compactors see the story in BU today