As an ongoing part of its sustainability efforts, Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Facilities Services is replacing traditional garbage cans for solar collection bins.
The bins, called BigBelly Solar Compactors, have been appearing around campus all summer, in locations near the quad, Veale Athletic Center and Strosacker Auditorium.
“They have a consistent and clean look, and they don’t cost much to maintain,” said Gene Matthews, director of facilities services.
With traditional trash bins, facility service workers have to change the plastic bags every day. The black and silver BigBelly Solar Compactors are equipped with a motorized mechanism to compact trash.
The end result is that the bins hold more garbage and only need to be emptied every three to four weeks. It also means fewer trash collection trips.
Matthews said the university has approximately 200 trash bins. Each BigBelly installation will eliminate six to seven open trash containers. Each of the BigBelly compactors comes with a companion recycling bin for plastic, glass and aluminum containers. “Ultimately, we want to outfit the entire campus with these. We’re trying to create consistent, identifiable waste stations that reduce costs and show our commitment to sustainability.”
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