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.