Friday, September 17, 2010
Cool Technology of the Week
During a recent bike ride, I took a brief rest break at the South Natick Dam and noticed that all the recycling and trash bins in the park were solar powered. The Big Belly Solar Compactor charges during the day and compacts waste at 5 times normal density, reducing the number of pickups. Fewer pickups mean lower labor costs and less carbon emissions from Diesel trash trucks. The ROI is rapid - 3 to 4 years.
For 100 trash cans in a typical small town collected 5-7 times per week
• Collection frequency reduction from 5-7x a week to approximately 2x a week
• 10 year cost savings of $1,250,000 - $1,500,000
• 151 Tons of C02 emissions saved annually
• 13,750 gallons of fuel saved annually
Solar powered compactors that reduce cost and greenhouse gases. That's cool!
Posted by John Halamka at 3:00 AM