12 months ago, Solar Bins Australia partnered with Townsville City Council which saw the installation of 12 Bigbelly General Waste and Recycling Solar Compactors along Gregory Street in the suburb of North Ward. The Bigbellys were installed with the aim of providing a smarter, more sustainable waste management system to students and visitors, assisting Townsville City in becoming one of Queensland’s smartest cities.

Since installation, the solar-powered stations have compacted their way through over 190,000 litres of recycling and general waste. Furthermore, average monthly waste collections have been reduced by 63% which has enabled huge operational savings for the Council.

So how does the Bigbelly Solar Compactor work? The Bigbelly 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 result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 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.

As well creating a more efficient waste management system, Bigbellys also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter. The hopper design is also paramount in ensuring that members of the public are safe and without access to the internal compactor at all times.

Our latest BB5 models are now also being shipped with a hopper sensor as standard. The addition of a hopper sensor means that that the hopper is now able to collect critical data about the station such as how many times the hopper has been opened each day, or if there have been any hopper jams etc.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Townsville City Council and for assisting them in maintaining an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about how our smart waste technology could benefit your business or organisation, feel free to speak with our friendly team on 1300 893 610 or via email at [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks in advance.