Nambucca Shire Council first started using the Bigbelly solar-compacting station back in December 2015 and from this point onward the council’s fleet has continued to grow to its current total of 40 stations – currently one of the largest council fleets in Australia! Last week saw an upgrade of the council’s remaining BB4s (an older Bigbelly model) to the most up-to-date BB5 model, with the installation of 15 brand-new Bigbellys. The new stations have been distributed throughout the areas of Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville with the aim of creating a more productive and efficient 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, Nambucca Shire Council were collecting their bins 7 times a week. Currently they are only collecting an average of 4 times a week and this figure is continuing to decrease meaning huge savings for the council in terms of labour, fuel & operational costs.

Nambucca Shire Council were even awarded Highly Commended in the Hey Tosser Litter Action Awards category of the 2016 Keep New South Wales Beautiful Blue Star Sustainability (Regional) Awards. The Blue Star Sustainability Awards have grown out of the iconic Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches and Tidy Towns award programs. Having such a progressive region council being recognised by such a premier organisation for litter reduction and environmental sustainability was a momentous occasion in the journey of smart waste here in Australia.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Nambucca Shire Council and 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!