Do Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Contribute to Litter Problem?

Posted on: December 8th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

This photo says it all, really. Namely that those Big Belly receptacles might not actually be working to plan. The multi-thousand-dollar trash bins began appearing across the streets of Chinatown and the Lower East Side earlier this fall, but are they helping or just part of the problem?

Despite the best of intentions, an overflowing Big Belly is a familiar sight these days. It assumes that people automatically understand how to operate or that they don’t feel like doing so. Take these two cans at the sunken court in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. We shot this photograph a couple days ago. Basically, a river of garbage.

Big Belly receptacles are solar-powered “smart waste” machines that cost upwards of $4,000 apiece. In other words, garbage collected is compacted. Up to 150 gallons of refuse, in fact. That translates into fewer pickups from the Department of Sanitation.

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