Posts By: SolarBins

Two-year Anniversary of Canada Bay Bigbelly Smart Waste Deployment

City of Canada Bay first started using their Bigbelly Solar Compactors back in December 2015, with the aim of creating a more optimised and sustainable waste management system. Eleven Bigbellys were installed in six locations across the City, including the seating area near the entrance to Strathfield Station, at high foot traffic areas along Great North Road in Five Dock and along Henley Marine Drive.

The Bigbelly not only uses the power of the sun to automatically compact and hold five times more waste than a standard wheelie bin, it then sends the team a text or email to let them know the bin is ready for collection. Before Bigbelly installation, City of Canada Bay were collecting their bins seven times a week whereas current collections are made on average twice a week. This equates to a 71% collection reduction, meaning huge operational savings for the council along with cleaner public spaces.

We look forward to our continued partnership with City of Canada Bay and ensuring that they continue to benefit from an optimised smart waste management system for many years to come.

Gold Coast City Council introduces hi-tech rubbish bins into Surfers Paradise


As the evolution of smart waste management continues, we are privileged to work on a project of this calibre with such a forward thinking, inclusive and proactive team at the City of Gold Coast.

The following article was featured recently in the Gold Coast Bulletin, by Lea Emery.

WELCOME to the future where even the rubbish bins are wired into the latest technology.

The Gold Coast City Council has gone hi-tech with about 50 garbage bins in Surfers Paradise as a part of a trial to make the rubbish pick up more efficient.

Bins have been fitted with a hi-tech sensor which sends messages to a tablet letting garbage collectors know if the bin needs to be emptied.

“That will save so much time,” the council’s city infrastructure chairwoman Dawn Crichlow said.

At present, waste collectors check every bin on their route to determine if they need emptying.

Garbage workers will now get alerts to their phones when rubbish bins are knocked over.

“Imagine what we can save by a man not having to get in and out of the truck checking the bins?,” she said.

The sensor bins look the same as the council’s current public rubbish bins, with the sensor fitted inside the bin, hidden from view.

The sensors are powered by a lithium-powered battery and the city’s LoRaWAN network, a wireless web specifically for small battery-operated devices.

An alert will also be sent to the council if a bin is at capacity and an officer can be sent to empty it.

Cr Crichlow said the sensors also detected the heat inside the bins, in case of fire.

Smart rubbish bins are being trialled across the country with Melbourne and Adelaide councils among the first to trial them.

Council’s water and waste committee chairman Paul Taylor was unaware of the trial.

“It’s a great idea but we must make sure the bins are still emptied regularly,” he said.

“Even if a rubbish bin is only five per cent full it might still need emptying because of what is in it.”

The trial will end in September next year.

Lea Emery, Gold Coast Bulletin

Original Article here:

Crown Melbourne’s Smart Waste Journey…12 months on


Located in one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist hotspots, South Bank, the prestigious Crown Casino is one of the largest in the world. Back in March 2016, Crown Melbourne began their Smart Waste journey with a trial of four Bigbelly solar-compacting waste stations. The Bigbellys were installed along the iconic Southbank promenade with the aim of providing a more optimised ‘smart’ waste management system.

Following the success of the initial deployment, in February 2017 Crown proceeded to install a further twenty General Waste and Recycling Bigbellys. Over the past twelve months, the Crown Bigbelly Fleet has compacted its way through over 1,000,000 liters of waste! Furthermore, since installation, Crown’s monthly waste collections have reduced by 84% with a recycling diversion rate more than 50% of total waste generated.

The Bigbelly Solar Compactor uses the power of the sun to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compaction unit inside of the station. This means that as waste fills up inside of the bin, it will eventually reach two, fill-level sensors that are located on either side which in turn trigger the compaction unit to squash the collected waste. The outcome is that the Bigbelly can collect five times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin!

The Bigbelly then notifies the collection team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only need to be emptied when they are full, eliminating unnecessary collections. As well creating a more efficient waste management system, the Bigbelly stations also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter.

Over the last twelve months, Crown Melbourne have become a flagship of innovation in Smart Waste management, not just in Melbourne, but Australia-wide. We look forward to our continued partnership with Crown and for helping them to achieve an optimised and more sustainable waste management system for many years to come.

Eye-catching Bigbelly Solar Compactors installed at The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens


A popular family attraction, the iconic Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens is now home to four colorful Bigbelly Solar Compacting Waste Stations. The Bigbellys have been installed with the aim of creating a more efficient and sustainable waste management system.

The aptly named Bigbelly not only compacts and holds 5 times more waste than a standard wheelie bin, it then sends the user a text or email to let them know it is ready for collection. Before Bigbelly installation, The Botanic Gardens were collecting their bins an average of 28 times a month, based on current data they are only making an average of 1.6 collections a month. This equates to a collection reduction of 94%! We expect this figure to further decrease with time meaning huge savings for The Botanic Gardens in terms of labour and operational costs.

We look forward to our continued partnership with The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, ensuring that they continue to benefit from an optimised smart waste management system for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about how the Bigbelly Solar Compactor could benefit your council fleet or organisation ; please call 1300 893 610 or email [email protected] to talk to one of our friendly Smart Waste experts today!

Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest institution of Higher Education, is now home to six Bigbelly Solar Compactors!

Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest institution of Higher Education, is home to six Bigbelly Solar Compactors which have helped to reduce monthly waste collections on campus by over 90%! As the waste inside the Bigbelly fills up, it reaches two fill-level sensors either side of the station, solar power is then used to compact through up to 5X as much waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin. Once the Bigbelly has reached fullness capacity, a text or email is sent to the team advising that it is ready for collection!

For more information on how you could benefit from a Bigbelly Smart Waste management system, call 1300 893 610 or email [email protected] to speak with one of our friendly smart waste experts!

Townsville City Council delivers innovation in Smart Waste management to CBD

Townsville CBD now home to Queensland’s largest deployment of Bigbelly Solar Compactors and bin-full level Smartsensors.

Written by Alex McCarthy – Solar Bins Australia



Townsville City Council have recently deployed 12 solar powered rubbish and recycling bins along Gregory Street in the suburb of North Ward as well as 54 Smartsensors along The Strand, which, when placed into standard bins, provide real-time analytics such as bin-fullness level, location, stability and temperature. This recent implementation of connected waste infrastructure aims to assist Townsville City in becoming one of Queensland’s smartest cities.

The Bigbelly Solar Compactors, provided by Solar Bins Australia, use the sun’s energy to power the internal compactor that compresses waste when it is disposed of, reducing the potential for bins to overflow and reducing the number of collection trips.

The Bigbelly’s, which can hold five times as much waste as a conventional 120L wheelie bin, also use cloud technology to alert Council staff when they are full to reduce inspection requirements. By saving service trips, they are estimated to reduce greenhouse emissions related to bin servicing by up to 80 per cent. All waste is collected in a robust, fit for purpose wheeled bin.

Smartsensor, the leading Smart Waste platform, developed by Solar Bins Australia, is the first Australian designed, assembled waste fill level sensor. The robust sensor device transmits real time data on fullness levels of the rubbish bin which attaches to the inside of any rubbish bin or waste container.

The sensor transmits the data to a state-of-the-art software management dashboard which provides a ground breaking smart waste platform for the user. The software enables councils, cities and facilities to gain a total visual of their smart waste deployment on any web enabled device.

Townsville is the most populated city in North Queensland with a growth rate of around 2.3% per annum. As the population grows, it will be beneficial to have more efficient ways for collecting and managing the waste systems.

The aim of the installation is to support innovation, create pick up efficiencies, promote environmental messages in high traffic areas and increase public recycling options.

The Bigbelly bins have been used around the world in New York, Boston and London as well as closer to home in areas like Melbourne and Perth CBD as well as around Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach and Junction.



Bigbelly Solar-compactors on campus at Western Australia’s largest Institution of Higher Education – Curtin University!


“Two new BigBelly Solar Compactor bins have arrived at our Bentley campus. Different to any old rubbish bin, the BigBelly Solar Compactor incorporates a smart, wireless and integrated system that automatically compacts rubbish once the bin has reached full capacity. The internal compactor permits a capacity of 600L, which means they can hold 5 times more waste than the standard 120L wheelie bin and 6-8 times more than the standard street bin. Operatives are given access to real time fill levels of the bins and automatically receive a notification when they are 85% full and ready to empty”

Find full article here :




University of Florida Works To Reach Its Goal Of Zero Waste By 2020 With The Addition of Bigbelly’s Smart Waste and Recycling System


To help reach its goal of zero waste by 2020, the University of Florida is on its way to replacing nearly 300 traditional open top waste bins located in high volume and high profile locations with Bigbelly’s Smart Waste and Recycling System.

Working with Bigbelly, Inc., the world leading Smart City Solutions provider specializing in smart waste and recycling systems, UF will deploy smart, sensor-equipped waste and recycling units that meet the unique capacity and waste stream of each area on campus. The units communicate real-time status to a centralized software and grounds crews are notified when they are ready to collect. The cloud-connected platform delivers actionable insights into waste operations to enable productivity, measure recycling diversion and eliminate the potential for overflowing bins.

Full article here :

High-tech ‘BigBelly’ recycling bins installed in downtown Orlando



“The City of Orlando has recently introduced seven new solar-powered compacting garbage cans downtown, accompanying those already introduced in the area surrounding Lake Eola. These new

“BigBelly” garbage cans contain volumetric sensor technology, which allows the city to remotely monitor the fill level of each can. The city hopes to use these new receptacles to provide insight into

the overall waste stream for the city, as well as optimize the efficiency of their garbage collection efforts.   Along with the BigBelly containers, the city has plans to also introduce 14 new dual

recycling/garbage containers downtown throughout the month of December” By Ben Kotenko  – Digital Intern – November 7th 2017


See full article at :



Council installs ten solar powered bins as part of ‘clean it, cut it, fill it’ initiative



“Thurrock Council have launched a brand new set of self-compacting bins to be piloted in the area’s town centres. The pilot will see ten solar powered litter bins, called the ‘Big Belly Bins’ take to the streets of Thurrock and Grays. The ten bins will all have a compaction system inside, in order to ensure more waste can be packed into them. The bins will be able to take regular litter and dog mess – like all public bins. The installations are part of the council’s ‘clean it, cut it, fill it’ initiative.”


For full article :