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City of Kwinana leads Western Australian smart waste


Our team recently had the pleasure of deploying Bigbelly stations at the City of Kwinana, south of Perth in Western Australia.

Take the time to take a look at the article that was featured in the Weekend Courier.

TWO cities with more than 65,000 dwellings certainly can churn out a lot of waste.

Both Cities: Rockingham and Kwinana supply those dwellings with at least two bins; with Rockingham recently issuing a third bin.

Recycling is not just good for the environment but is proving a useful resource.

The City of Kwinana are taking some innovative approaches.

Mayor Carol Adams said they are currently trialling two ‘solar bins’ at the Kwinana Adventure Park. “We’re using solar options wherever practical, including new automatic solar bins,” she said.

She said as the bin fills special sensors are triggered which start the compactor. The bins send text messages to caretakers when they have compacted full and ready to be emptied. “Waste education is one of our top priorities,” she said.

“The City has introduced new initiatives including a new dedicated Waste Education Officer and introduction of community and school tours of the Regional Resource and Recovery Centre (RRRC) recycling facility,” she said.

A new bin tagging program would start later in the year to gather information on people’s recycling habits. Kwinana has two bins: a general waste 240 litre green lid bin and a 240 litre yellow lid recycling bin.

The City of Rockingham’s three bin system caused some trepidation. The general waste bin shrunk to 140 litres while the recycling bin grew 240 – 360 litres and the third bin is 240 litres for green waste. Comments on the City’s face book page ranged from fear at the bins shrinkage to others who enjoyed having a third bin.

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Surf Coast Council Bigbelly’s featured in Sustainability Matters

By Sustainability Matters Staff

Monday, 07 August, 2017

Solar Bins Australia features in this month’s Sustainability Matters. Read an excerpt from the article below…

Following a 12-month trial and tender process, Solar Bins Australia has deployed its BigBelly Solar smart waste management solution along the Great Ocean Road for Surf Coast Shire in Lorne, Victoria. The successful deployment is set to become the foundation for many other communities to see the benefits of smarter waste management.

For key tourist destination such as Lorne, the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast region, the eyesore of overflowing bins cannot be measured by financial impact alone. But it’s not always the public that causes this mess. In the case of Surf Coast Shire, the wild sulphur-crested cockatoos have become a nuisance, particularly in coastal towns. Cockatoos can often become lazy due to the public and tourists feeding them and have been diving into rubbish bins to forage for food, spreading litter in the process.

Surf Coast Shire began trialling two BigBelly Solar Compactors with Solar Bins Australia back in 2015, which resulted in improved collection efficiency, improved waste data and a reduction in waste complaints from the public. After the trial, reports from the public, shopkeepers and council indicated that the BigBelly stations, at the front of a fish and chip shop in Lorne, eradicated the problem of rubbish overflows and cockatoo ‘deep dives’.

“The release of tenders for smart waste management systems such as BigBelly, as well as rubbish bin fill level device Smartsensor, highlights the evolving landscape in waste management, the growing adoption of smart cities and the ever-increasing integration of smart waste technology here in Australia,” said Silke Stolze, director of operations, Solar Bins Australia.

The deployment at Surf Coast Shire is said to be the largest multitown BigBelly deployment for a council in Victoria. Three regional towns have now been linked with the technology in order to provide deep insights to waste collection teams. With a minimum of a 46.8 km round trip between these three towns, it means a vehicle is travelling more than 150 times a year to empty bins, causing environmental damage, pollution and impact to the community’s roads — an impact that can now be reduced significantly.

Solar Bins Australia has also entered a partnership with Greenfleet resulting in the 64.32 t CO2e of emissions generated from Surf Coast Shire’s waste collection being offset through the planting of native trees in biodiverse forests.

The stations have an added benefit for the Community Information Centre as they are used to display tourist details for visitors.

“With the recent release of a handful of ‘smart waste’ tenders by Australian councils, the evolution of smart waste management is moving from proof-of-concept phases to pivotal foundations of municipal waste management networks,” said Stolze. “We believe that this engagement with our technology will drive efficiency in waste management operations and help communities to become smarter and cleaner.”

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Moreland Council to consider more hi-tech Bigbelly waste bins following promising trial results


Solar Bins Australia’s Bigbelly stations featured in this weekend’s Herald Sun & North West Leader. Read an excerpt from the article from Paula Maud, Moreland Leader below…

Paula Maud, Moreland Leader

August 19, 2017 10:00am

COMPACTION technology built in to Moreland’s Bigbelly bins has resulted in significantly fewer garbage runs in some of Brunswick and Glenroy’s busiest intersections.

Before the Bigbelly trials during the past year, regular bins were being emptied daily, but the six Bigbelly bins, in place on Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Lygon St, Brunswick East, and Widford St, Glenroy, have been getting emptied two to three times a week.

The bins have a solar-powered compactor that compresses waste within the bin and data can be sent remotely to indicate the rubbish levels and highlight priorities for emptying the bins.

Moreland councillor Dale Martin said the bins were delivering cleaner streets and it was important Moreland Council continued to investigate new initiatives in waste removal.

The council is considering the viability of rolling out the bins similar to the Bigbelly units in other parts of Moreland.

And in light of this month’s 4 Corners show on the ABC outlining mispractice in the waste removal industry, Cr Martin also called for the council to produce a report outlining full details on Moreland’s waste practice, including information on where local waste ends up and whether recyclables, including the soft plastics, are being stockpiled.

“It’s concerning having people do the right thing and then you have these things coming out (in the media),” Cr Martin said.

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ACT Government leads in waste innovation – Press Release

Canberra is set to trial Smart Bins to tackle waste

Canberra, ACT, 02 June 2016:  In an Australian Capital Territory first, the ACT Government will deploy Bigbelly Solar Powered rubbish bins across three new Canberra locations. The smart bins, which hold more than 4 times the amount of have been deployed as part of a 12 month trial to gather data for the ACT Government’s Waste Feasibility Study.

The appropriately named Bigbelly® bins use the sun’s energy to power an internal compactor that compacts the rubbish at the point of disposal, significantly increasing capacity by almost five times within the same sidewalk location as ordinary 140L rubbish bins. By increasing the capacity, the bins reduce overflow issues, reduce the number of collection trips required and can cut related fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

And that’s not where the benefits stop. The smart, cloud-connected Bigbelly system gathers, consolidates, and analyses data from connected waste and recycling units for a complete waste management solution that beautifies public spaces and increases operational efficiency. Sensors and intelligence triggers notify waste collection employees when units near capacity, aiding in optimised collection scheduling and public space cleanliness.

“The ACT Waste Feasibility Study will use the data gathered from this trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the bins to assist the government to determine future financial and environmental savings available. The study is investigating a range of options around how best to manage and minimise waste in the ACT and surrounding regions now and into the future. This trial will help the government to decide an appropriate plan of action around bin quantities, size, location and collection frequency” stated ACT Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris.

The capacity of the bins, matched with the collection alert technology will greatly benefit waste collectors from the ACT’S Territory and Municipal Services. The data captured from the smart bins will provide around-the-clock fullness level data, collection activity information and will create a more efficient waste management solution to better optimise collection schedules and public space cleanliness in the ACT.

“We are currently emptying rubbish bins at Kingston three times a week. We now expect to be able to reduce this to once or twice a week depending on usage and events in the area such as the Old Bus Depot markets. This is a significant saving over a year, for example” said Minister Fitzharris.

Not only is the deployment a first for the ACT, but the ACT Government follows some great examples of deployments of Bigbelly’s in cities worldwide such as New York, Los Angeles, London and closer to home, City of Melbourne.

The ACT Government is committed to continually improving waste management with the government aiming to achieve clean environment and a carbon-neutral waste sector by 2025.

The Bigbelly stations will be deployed in three locations in Wright, Campbell and Kingston.

The smart bins have been deployed and will be monitored by ACT Government waste collectors and Solar Bins Australia, Australia’s leading smart waste provider.

Managing Director of Solar Bins Australia, Leon Hayes stated “The ACT Government’s Waste Feasibility Study is a significant study for not only waste management in the ACT and the region but across Australia. A deployment of Bigbelly’s speaks to the goals set out in the ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-25.”

“This is achieved by educating the community through the awareness of our smart bins, providing the opportunity for increased public place waste collection, total containment of waste by the Bigbelly, meaning no overflowing bins and a reduction in wasted vehicle collections meaning a significant reduction in carbon emissions.”

We have seen worldwide the benefits of the Bigbelly and smart waste technology can bring to the community, visitors and the environment. We will work with the ACT Government on a street level to ensure the benefits of the Bigbelly are realised”.


About the ACT

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a self-governing territory in the south east of Australia. The only city in the ACT is Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The estimated resident population of the ACT as at 30 June 2015 was 390,757 persons.

About Bigbelly

Bigbelly, Inc. is the world-leading provider of smart waste & recycling management solutions with more than 1,500 customers in 47 countries. Solar powered, the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System combines cloud computing with smart compacting waste and recycling stations.

About Solar Bins Australia –

Solar Bins Australia is Australia’s leading provider of smart waste and recycling management solutions with more than 50 customers across all states of Australia. As the exclusive partner to Bigbelly, Inc their systems help customer beautify their public space and reduce operational costs.


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Canada Bay’s solar rubbish bins squash their own rubbish

Canada Bay, NSW 18th February 2016 – The City of Canada Bay has installed a fleet of Solar Powered, Bigbelly rubbish bins as they attempt to tackle the waste management challenges around Sydney. In this article from the Inner West Courier / Daily Telegraph it highlights the significant savings that are been made by the city after just a short deployment time. The sustainable waste management solution of Bigbelly Compactors, delivered by Solar Bins Australia is ensuring the commitment to smart city innovation and sustainability is met.

View the full article on the Daily Telegraph here.


Daily Telegraph - Canada Bay 180216

Bright idea manages garbage bins

Canada Bay, NSW 16th February 2016 – A NEW generation of smart solar bins are making their Sydney debut in Canada Bay. The City of Canada Bay has installed a fleet of solarpowered Bigbelly bins, which use the sun’s energy to compress waste and reduce the potential for bins to overflow. The Bigbelly bins also use cloud technology to alert council staff when they are full, which reduces the need to inspect them. By saving service trips by car, they reduce related greenhouse emissions by an estimated 80 per cent.

The council has installed Bigbelly bins provided by Solar Bins Australia in six locations across the local government area. These include the seating Compactors use solar power to compress waste and alert the council when the bins are full They are in six locations across the Canada Bay municipality Bigbelly bins are used around the world area at Strathfield station and high-foot traffic areas along Great North Rd in Five Dock and Henley Marine Bay Drive in Drummoyne.

Read the complete article from the Inner West Courier here.


Inner West Courier 16h Feb Canada Bay Launch

The world’s smartest cities

Smart city

What is a Smart City?

Smart cities use information and communication technologies to better manage their use of resources. This results in energy and cost savings and a reduced environmental footprint.

These cities equipped with intelligent infrastructure, which provides a clean and sustainable environment in order to give a decent quality of life to its citizens and drive economic growth.

Application of smart solutions enables cities to use information and technology to achieve connected and intelligent infrastructure. Smart solutions would include things like:

  • Energy management: Smart meters and management, renewable sources of energy, energy efficient and green buildings
  • Waste management: Waste to energy and fuel, waste to compost, recycling and reduction of waste
  • Water management: Water quality monitoring, smart meters and management, leakage identification, preventative maintenance
  • E-Governance and citizens services: Citizens engagement, electronic service delivery, video crime monitoring
  • Urban mobility: Smart parking, integrated multi-modal transport, intelligent traffic management
The world's smartest cities infographic

Pioneer Smart Cities

(Cities that are already “smart”)

Vienna, Austria

  • Innovation city
  • Regional green city
  • Quality of life
  • Digital governance

Smart mobility:

  • Over 1200 km of cycle paths, lanes and routes
  • Quando: Award-winning smartphone app with real-time information, including timetables and disruptions for trams, buses and subway trains
  • Public transportation network amounting to over 1100 km in length
  • Citybike Vienna: public bike rental system

Smart technology: 

  • Free WiFi available in various public spaces


  • Over 50% of metropolitan area made up of green spaces


  • City is one of the largest organic farmers in Austria with over 860 hectares of organic growing land

Set the following objectives via the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy

Reduction of CO2 emissions: From 3.1 tonnes per capita to 1 tonne per capita by 2050

  • From 3.1 tonnes per capita to 1 tonne per capita by 2050


  • 50% of Vienna’s gross energy consumption to originate from renewable resources by 2050


  • Reduce motorized individual traffic from 28% to 15% by 2030

Toronto, Canada

  • Private sector move to increase transit efficiency via the Smart Commute Toronto initiative
  • Powering garbage trucks with natural gas from landfills
  • Active member of Clinton 40 megacities, seeking transition to low-carbon economy

Paris, France

  • Innovation
  • Green cities in Europe
  • Digital governance
  • Velib – highly successful bike sharing system
  • Autolib –electric car-sharing service to reduce traffic and pollution, while helping residents save money

London, United Kingdom

  • Congestion tax
  • Robust transit system
  • Smart-Cities research centre to be housed at Imperial College, which will use data to make the city more innovative and efficient
  • Plans to launch largest free WiFi network in Europe with O2

Tokyo, Japan

  • Innovation
  • Digital city
  • Plans to create Eco-burb containing homes with solar panels, storage batteries and energy efficient appliances connected to a smart grid
  • Focused on promoting smart mobility solutions

Berlin, Germany

  • Innovation
  • Green-ness
  • Quality of life
  • Testing out vehicle-to-grid technologies to create virtual power plant from EV’s
  • Aims to generate 80% of electricity from renewable sources by 2050


The Upcoming Smartest Cities 

(Cities that have plans and targets but not yet started to work on being “smart” and eco-friendly)

San Jose, USA

Green Vision Goals for 2022 (including % of 2022 target reached in 2014 from 2007)

  • Generate 25,000 clean tech jobs (48%)
  • Decrease per capita energy use by 50% (7.6%)
  • 100% of electrical power to be received from clean, renewable sources (23.7%)
  • Build or retrofit 50m square ft. of green buildings (18.5%)
  • Divert 100% of waste from landfill and convert waste to energy (73%)
  • 100% of wastewater to be recycled or beneficially reused
  • Ensure 100% of public fleet vehicles run on alternative fuels (41%)
  • Replace 100% of streetlights with smart, zero emission lighting (8.9%)
  • Plant 100k new trees (12.3%)
  • Create 100m of trails connecting with 400m of on-street bikeways (56.8%)

Seattle, USA

Green Seattle Partnership, 20-year strategic plan:

  • Restore all 2,500 acres of forested parklands by 2025
  • Stimulate an active, involved and informed community around forest restoration and stewardship
  • Establish resources, financial and volunteer, to provide long-term maintenance and ensure sustainability of forested parklands

Climate action plan:

  • Carbon neutral by 2050

Philadelphia, USA

  • Energy benchmarking and disclosure designed to reduce citywide energy use by 10%
  • Green City, Clean Waters, a plan to reduce stormwater pollution through the use of green infrastructure

Goal progress report:

  • Recycling increased by 20% through recycling rewards program
  • Municipally, greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 15%
  • 15.2% of electricity used in the city comes from alternative energy resources
  • 16,283 homes retrofitted with insulation, air sealing and cool roofs
  • 73% of solid waste diverted from landfill
  • 120,388 new trees to help meet goal of increasing tree coverage toward 30% in all neighbourhoods by 2025
  • 12% decrease in vehicle miles traveled


Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans and Portland have all implemented more aggressive emissions targets than the national standard. Cities plan to achieve these goals through increased building retrofits, renewable energy, tree planting, better public transportation, and more.


Cities that are turning to be “smart” 

(Cities that are currently working on plans and programs and are slowly turning to be “smart”)

Barcelona, Spain

  • New bus network
  • Electric vehicles
  • Smart rubbish collection
  • Smart water
  • Energy self-sufficiency
  • Urban transformation
  • Smart lightening

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Integrated transport and cycling solution
  • Landfill from waste has been reduced to 1,8%
  • Heating 98% of the city through district heating
  • Urban green solutions
  • Goal to be carbon neutral by 2025 (reduced CO2 emissions)
  • Large recreational areas
  • Sustainable city districts
  • High availability and consumption of organic produce
  • 71% of all the city’s hotel rooms hold an official eco-certification.
  • High environmental standards


  • Plans to create smart nation – to ‘dashboard’ the entire nation to collect data in order to help build better services

Sustainable Singapore goals:

  • 0.8 ha / 1,000 population park space open to recreational activity
  • 1,039 ha of waterbodies open to recreational activities
  • 90% of households within 10 minute walk of a park
  • 180km of nature ways
  • 700km of cycling paths
  • 75% of journeys made via public transport during peak hours
  • 80% of households within 10 minute walk of a train station
  • Reach national recycling rate of 70%
  • Domestic recycling rate of 30%
  • Non-domestic recycling rate of 81%

Empire of the Sun

Business First Magazine, December 2015 – In the December edition of the prestigious Business First Magazine, Leon Hayes Founder and Managing Director appears on the cover. The article, written by Jonathan Jackson, Business First editor discusses how Solar Bins Australia is changing the status quo in waste management in Australia.

Read the December issue here.

Download the cover story here.

Business First Magazine Leon Hayes Cover