BigBelly (tm) is a cordless automatic solar trash compactor which reduces collection burden and litter. The innovative BigBelly™ dramatically cuts emptying frequency and waste handling costs, trash overflow and litter at outdoor sites with high traffic and high trash volume. This ruggedized trash container/compactor reduces trash volume by a 4:1 to 8:1 compaction ratio, depending on the nature of the trash. BigBelly has LED indicator lights that tell how full it is or optionally it transmits a wireless signal when it is within hours of being full. A battery stores enough power to run 3 to 4 weeks with no sun and it can maintain a full charge in shaded areas. The BigBelly system has proven successful in various locations and environments from the ski slopes at Vail, to amusement parks in Orlando to the streets of New York city. Queens, NY has purchased 50 of the compactors. According to press reports it costs about $4500.
It is manufactured by the privately held Seahorse Power Company of Westborough, MA. On November 14, Seahorse Power Company closed on $1.1 million in financing to expand marketing, sales and manufacturing of the BigBelly solar powered trash compactor.
Seahorse Power Company, Westborough, MA, USA