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!

1 comment:

Jim Lindenthal said...

It a wonderful time of the year and IMO it's what makes the New England area special. Great post.