The Shire of Esperance is a local government area in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, about 720 kilometres southeast of Perth. In September 2014, Esperance became Western Australia’s first official Bigbelly Solar Compactor deployment. After receiving funding from the Sustainable Infrastructure Project Grant, the Council installed a combination of both General Waste and Recycling Bigbellys located around the Esperance Waterfront in a bid to create a more efficient, smart waste management system and provide a cleaner public space to the community.
The Bigbelly uses solar-panel technology to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compactor inside of the station. 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 compactor to squash the collected waste inside. The result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin!
The Bigbelly will then notify the team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only require emptying when they are full, eliminating any unnecessary collections. As well as creating an optimised smart waste management system for Councils and organisations all over Australia, the Bigbelly stations also keep their waste contained with the flagship handle ‘hopper’ design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter.
Since Bigbelly installation, The Shire of Esperance have been a leading example of Smart Waste management in Western Australia. We look forward to our continued partnership with Esperance and for helping them to achieve an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.
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