Councils and contractors have been making operational savings, reducing their carbon footprints and paring back their environmental impacts since the introduction of Big Belly solar-powered compaction rubbish bins in the middle of last year.
The bins are supplied by Manco Environmental (Manco), the country’s largest manufacturer and supplier of recycling and waste equipment, and the exclusive distributor of the Big Belly bins in New Zealand. The bins have been installed in North Island locations including in the Hauraki area, Taupo and Raglan.
The average New Zealand public rubbish bin holds between 60 and 120 litres. Most councils and contractors operate on a weekly routine working on the assumption their bins are full.
The Big Belly bins connect to a cloud-based asset management programme that provides live data and analytical reports on how full they are, when they need to be collected and the efficiency of the council’s or contractor’s operation.
Each 120 litre solar-powered container compacts to at least a five-to-one ratio, providing a realistic compacted capacity of 600 litres of loose rubbish while remaining completely sealed.
The bins lock once full. Council and / or the contractor can view how full the bins are via a phone app or online.
Manco says the system helps councils gain a good understanding of how their assets are operating and how much their waste operations are costing them, allowing for future planning.
This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.