THE NEW BIGBELLY solar-powered trash compactors and recycling units on Main Street in Santa Monica use technology to alert staff when the units are in need of collection.

THE NEW BIGBELLY solar-powered trash compactors and recycling units on Main Street in Santa Monica use technology to alert staff when the units are in need of collection.

New solar-powered trash and recycling containers have been installed along Main Street in Santa Monica.
The city placed 13 of the black “BigBelly” solar trash compactors and recycling units March 11 near the shops, restaurants and coffee houses along the corridor.
In addition to each trash compactor being solar powered, the Big Belly units have a computer chip which includes network management software.
When full, the compactors use the technology to send a message to the city Resource Recovery & Recycling Division, alerting staff that the units are in need of collection, city staff said.
The new trash bins are cost effective because they reduce overflow and decrease the number of trips workers must make for collection, according to city staff.
The bins also give residents and visitors a more convenient way to recycle on Main Street, staff said.

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