BigBelly Solar is story about recycling, but it is also a logistics technology case study. The business offering is to improve the efficiency of collection from public curbside recycling stations, helping public and private sector customers to cut operating costs while simultaneously meeting environmental objectives.
BigBelly Solar achieves this through compaction and communication technology that reduces service requirements. Stations take longer to fill because of compaction, and pickups are only required when sensors communicate that the they are full.
The result is fewer miles traveled by collection vehicles, and fewer stops - thus reducing fuel consumption and truck usage. BigBelly Solar claims to remove seven or eight of every 10 trash vehicle trips from their streets, reducing the carbon footprint and fuel cost drain for vehicles that typically average less than 3 miles per gallon.
The company recently announced that new refinements are coming both on the communications area as well as in product hardware. New system refinements include better visibility. Now a management console is available from any web browser, incorporating new visualization and reporting capabilities. The 4th generation BigBelly solar compactor is being introduced with bidirectional communications, improved software integration and energy management and increased durability.pFor applications that fit, BigBelly Solar is also launching a new suite of SmartBelly components that sense but do not compact. These components, it says, have a broad range of waste, recycling and organics options to meet the needs of Zero Waste initiatives.