I saw something new this morning walking through Union Square that I hadn’t seen before — a solar powered trash compactor!
Big Belly, the company installing the compactors, put its first model on the streets in 2004 in Vail, Colorado. Philly just unveiled 500 of their solar compactors last week. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/10NAaQ
Big Belly itself can be found at http://bigbellysolar.com/ and the site is full of interesting facts about the product. For instance:
- Compaction Ratio: BigBelly holds up to five times the volume of ordinary trash receptacles
- Displaced Trips: BigBelly can displace four out of five pick ups
- Greenhouse Gas Eliminated: 80% reduction
- Capacity: BigBelly can hold 150 gallons of trash
- Force: BigBelly’s compaction mechanism exerts 1,200 pounds of force
- Energy Efficiency: BigBelly gets 100% of its energy from the sun and uses less than 5 watt hours/day
- BigBelly can operate for a day on the equivalent energy it takes to make a piece of toast!
- BigBelly can operate for a week on the equivalent energy it takes to make a pot of coffee!
- BigBelly can operate for four months on the equivalent energy it takes to drive a Prius one mile!
- BigBelly can operate for eight years on the equivalent energy it takes to drive a garbage truck one mile!