ABOUT BIGBELLY

Who is Bigbelly?

Bigbelly was founded in Boston in 2003 and was the brainchild of Jim Poss. What Jim noticed at the time was the inefficiency of using large diesel trucks picking up trash in downtown Boston not to mention the associated expense and CO2 emissions. Jim thought to use solar powered trash compactors on the streets to address these inefficiencies and that was the early generation machine.

Today, Bigbelly integrates communication features into the machine and that innovation has further improved the collection efficiency. The product is made and manufactured in the USA with many recycled parts. It is a technical product and is sold only through the company directly and through authorized distributors.

Bigbelly is a highly innovative company which results in the smartbins being constantly upgraded. Singapore will therefore see the Bigbelly providing Wi-Fi, using wheelie bins and adopting a footpedal to operate the hopper by end 2015 as an example.

Where are Bigbelly stations manufactured?

Every Bigbelly station is assembled in the United States of America. Our manufacturing facilities are located in Michigan.

Where can you find the Bigbelly solution?

While Bigbelly proudly develops, manufacturers, and deploys in the USA, more than 31,000 Bigbelly stations have been deployed across 50 countries with over 1,500 clients. Bigbelly stations are tried and tested across all types of environments form the harsh cold of Scandinavia to the humid heat of Florida, Bahamas and now Singapore and Malaysia.

ABOUT THE BIGBELLY SOLAR POWERED COMPACTOR?

 

What are the stations made out of?

There are hundreds of different parts, but the exteriors of our stations are made out of recycled galvanised U.S. steel and recycled plastics (often the leftover cuttings from the disposable diaper manufacturing process). The completed unit is highly durable and vandal resistant.

How long will a Bigbelly station last?

Some Bigbelly stations are still in operation after 10 years on the street.

Whilst the product is very resilient and made of galvanised steel and highly durable plastics to prevent corrosion, maintenance twice a year is highly recommended to increase a bins lifespan.

What benefits does a Bigbelly provide?

Extensive trials in the US and Uk with completed business cases, has proven that Bigbelly reduces the number of street bin collections by up to 86% which in turn lowers carbon emissions and related collection costs by up to 70% leading to a quick payback. This is especially important in Singapore given the labour shortage and our drive to improve productivity.

The benefits of the Bigbelly stations do not stop there. A wireless monitoring system is installed in each unit using a SIM card mean real time bin fill levels and bin data can be viewed eliminating expensive “milk run” type street bin collection rounds. Other benefits include:-

  1. Security Stations can be put in “secure mode” which prevents access and notifies users if a Bigbelly station has been tampered with.
  2. Wi-Fi – They can be used as Wi-Fi hot spots and can potentially be used to push information to smart phones as part of marketing campaigns.
  3. Wayfinding – The bins are an ideal piece of street furniture  to use to help provide directions.
  4. Cost Management – The Smart Bins can be wrapped to generate advertising revenue or promote a message.
  5. Overflowing bins – This is virtually eliminated

An independent Case Study was conducted by C40 that assessed the benefits of the deployment of 900 Bigbelly stations in Philadelphia. Details of this can be seen in the link below:-

http://www.c40.org/case_studies/bigbelly-trash-compactors

 

Why is there a solar panel?

Bigbelly stations are solar powered and has an internal battery which will continuously be charged during daylight hours. This internal battery enables the bins to continue functioning without direct sunlight for lengthy periods. The length of time that a compactor can operate without being charge will vary depending on usage.

Where can they be placed?

Singapore is an ideal place to deploy the Bigbelly solar powered street bin given the amount of sunlight we receive. The bins can therefore be placed almost anywhere in Singapore as long as the stations have access to sunlight. Stations can be bolted into a concrete pad of other permanent surface to prevent damage or theft.

Can you use them indoors?

We offer an indoor model, or you can purchase an additional a/c adapter accessory.

How much does it cost to maintain them?

Our stations are extremely resilient in fact some bins are still being deployed after 10 years in some tough neighbourhoods. The design of the bins are also constantly being refined to ensure durability and resilience in all environments, including the hot and humid climate of Singapore.

Maintenance costs are negligible and we do offer to train users to maintain the bins themselves. We do however offer Extended Service Pack coverage which covers annual preventative maintenance and any defect-related repairs.

Why does it have a handle?

All of our Bigbelly components feature a hopper-style design. There are a few reasons for this:-

  1. Safety — the hopper design makes it impossible for anyone to get near the compaction mechanism while it is operating.
  2. Pest Control – The enclosed design also prevents rats and birds from gaining access to waste.
  3. Smell containment – Smells are contained by the hopper.
  4. Decomposition – As air is prevented from circulating in the bin, waste decomposes at a far slower rate than an open bin, an important factor to consider in our hot and humid environment.
  5. Overflowing bins – The hopper eliminates unsightly overflowing bins which reduces litter significantly.
  6. Weather – Rainwater does not get into the waste.
How do they communicate?

Just like your mobile phone, our stations use cellular data to communicate important information to our servers, which can then be viewed on the web or on your mobile device with the iOS and Android apps. You can see the status of each bin real time from almost anywhere.

How much do they cost?

As each solution is customised to the needs of the client, we will only be able to provide a quotation after understanding the needs of the client. Contact us today!

Is it true that the Bigbelly provides Wi-Fi?

Yes it is true and it will be launched in Singapore late 2015

There is currently a strategic pilot underway in New York City which equips Bigbelly stations in Lower Manhattan with Wi-Fi hotspots to provide free public space Internet access. This pilot project is a collaboration between Bigbelly and The Downtown Alliance. The results were promising.

If there is sufficient bin coverage, Wi-Fi could be available in every nook and cranny of parts of Singapore, for free. Now, the business-minded are probably wondering, “That must have a hefty cost associated with it. How are they going to pay for such a thing?” To that, BigBelly is quick to remind us of value-added services that can be attached… such as advertising. Say, for instance, a consumer walking down the streets of NYC draws near a Starbucks… an ad could be pushed to their device.

There are other benefits that fall into the realm of public safety. One way the widespread Wi-Fi would help the city would be to push out public service announcements and emergency alerts. Imagine a waste receptacle (an item rampant within a city like Singapore) that can display warnings or emergency alerts.

 COMMON CONCERNS

Singapore has high cloud density, does this affect performance?

No. Trials run in Singapore have shown that the bins are highly effective and work extremely well in the Singapore climate.

 

Given the bins can hold up to 8 x's more trash than a normal bin, will garbage be too heavy?

Most street trash is packaging and food waste which are very airy. Bigbelly compacts this airy trash into a smaller size but does not compact them into dense cubes. A full Bigbelly will therefore not be excessively heavy but can weigh as about 20 kg. Internal bins will therefore be fitted with wheels to  allow the bins to be easily extracted from the station.

The internal bins will also have hook that will allow them to be picked up by commonly used garbage trucks. Should the waste still be too heavy, sensors in the bins can be adjusted to provide alerts at lower trash levels (e.g. when they are 60% full).

 

 

Given the bins can hold up to 8 x's more trash than a normal bin, will garbage be too heavy?

Most street trash is packaging and food waste which are very airy. Bigbelly compacts this airy trash into a smaller size but does not compact them into dense cubes. A full Bigbelly will therefore not be excessively heavy but can weigh as about 20 kg. Internal bins will therefore be fitted with wheels to  allow the bins to be easily extracted from the station.

The internal bins will also have hook that will allow them to be picked up by commonly used garbage trucks. Should the waste still be too heavy, sensors in the bins can be adjusted to provide alerts at lower trash levels (e.g. when they are 60% full).

 

 

Will fluids leak onto the ground

No. As a Bigbelly will be cleared far less often, the bin bags used in a Bigbelly are much stronger and less easily torn thus leakages a minimised. Should the bin bags tear, liquids will spill into the internal plastic bin and not leak outside the bin.

Can you use them indoors?

We offer an indoor model, or you can purchase an additional a/c adapter accessory.

How much does it cost to maintain them?

Our stations are extremely resilient in fact some bins are still being deployed after 10 years in some tough neighbourhoods. The design of the bins are also constantly being refined to ensure durability and resilience in all environments, including the hot and humid climate of Singapore.

Maintenance costs are negligible and we do offer to train users to maintain the bins themselves. We do however offer Extended Service Pack coverage which covers annual preventative maintenance and any defect-related repairs.

Why does it have a handle?

All of our Bigbelly components feature a hopper-style design. There are a few reasons for this:-

  1. Safety — the hopper design makes it impossible for anyone to get near the compaction mechanism while it is operating.
  2. Pest Control – The enclosed design also prevents rats and birds from gaining access to waste.
  3. Smell containment – Smells are contained by the hopper.
  4. Decomposition – As air is prevented from circulating in the bin, waste decomposes at a far slower rate than an open bin, an important factor to consider in our hot and humid environment.
  5. Overflowing bins – The hopper eliminates unsightly overflowing bins which reduces litter significantly.
  6. Weather – Rainwater does not get into the waste.
How do they communicate?

Just like your mobile phone, our stations use cellular data to communicate important information to our servers, which can then be viewed on the web or on your mobile device with the iOS and Android apps. You can see the status of each bin real time from almost anywhere.

Is the hopper handle appropriate for Asian?

The hopper handle is really no different to any other door handle we commonly use across Singapore. We have observed how the Singapore public has responded to the hopper handle and it is very similar to the response across the rest of the world, the public has adapted well. In fact, because there is a handle, we have noticed that users think twice before disposing of their trash taking into consideration whether to recycle their trash in an accompanying recycling bin or not. As a result recycling rates have increased notably.

Nevertheless, the Bigbelly can be retrofitted with a footpedal, much like the ones used in chutes HDBs, in 2015. This will enable users to open the hopper without needing to touch the handle.

is the Bigbelly waste compactor safe to use and operate?

Absolutely. In the last 10 years, over 27,000 Bigbelly bins have been deployed across more than 45 countries without incident.

Bigbelly products a tried and tested relentlessly before being deployed as safety is paramount. The hopper design also ensures that access to the compactor is completely restricted by a user. The only time the compactor can be accessed is when the door is unlocked. Even in such an instance, the compactor stops working and will only start working when the door is closed.