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Compactor savings – Not just trash

June 7, 2011

by Kyle Wilson

While walking around the streets of the Pine Hills neighborhood it’s easy to have noticed some pretty alien looking machines.  However, these aliens eat garbage, and a lot of it. The big futuristic looking machines are touching ground all over the country in just about every major city saving money and redirecting man power.

“Go clean, Go Green” Can be seen on the side of each BigBelly compactor. This one Can be found on Madison Ave. in front of Pine Hills’ Dunkin Donuts (Kyle Wilson)

BigBelly Solar is the organization behind this idea.  With more than 100 installations in Albany,  93 trash compactors and 20 recycling bins have been installed.  BigBelly is quickly helping Albany and Pine Hills to cut down pollution.

“The aim of the solar compactor is to provide a much greener approach to life, while also blending into a college area.  It appears to have a much more natural and contemporary look to it,”  said Tom Owston, a customer satisfaction employee at BigBelly.  The trash compactors can be seen all around the Pine Hills neighborhood, but blend in with a much more aesthetically pleasing look.

The BigBelly Solar compactors have done more than just replace old garbage cans.  The new solar compactors permit up to an 80% reduction in collection frequency, saving time and work.

“The new compactor actually sends out a text message to alert us when it’s full,” said Owston.  Innovations like this one are designed to decrease pest activity and public health concerns, but most importantly set standards for energy consumption, all part of Big Belly’s  “Go Clean, Go Green.”

Rob Dalton, the director of business development at Big Belly Solar, is responsible for

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the 100 installations in in the Downtown Albany area.

“This system is helping to save on the carbon footprint of Albany,”  said Frank Zeoli, director of recycling in Albany.  Although the recycling bins do not compact trash, like the garbage cans, they are still helping to keep the streets clean.  “Our goal is that hopefully more people walking down the streets with empty bottles and cans will put them in the recycling bins as opposed to the trash,” said Zeoli.

The new BigBelly system has changed the work process entirely.  The garbage itself still goes to the dump, but the efficiency of the collecting process has improved dramatically.

“Instead of stopping at 100 trash cans every day, our workers only have to stop at 3 or 4.  Everything from gas to man power turns into savings,”  said Dan DiLillo, assistant commissioner of General Service for the City of Albany.  The new garbage compactors have red, yellow, and green lights on them that display the amount of garbage that is inside.

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The compacting units cost approximately $4,000 a piece, and the recycling units were around $900 a piece.  They were paid for with  a $1.19 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy.

Not many people know how much this new system is replacing and saving.  “What do they even do,”  said Brittany Portente, a student at UAlbany.  The Big belly Solar compactors save time and money, as well as keep our neighborhoods free of loose debris and pests. “You probably know more about it then I do,” said Rich Gould, an Albany Police Detective.  “It’s a cool concept, and there’s a whole lot less trash blowing around the streets lately.” -30-

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