The City of Boston is adding 400 new solar-powered “Big Belly” trash compactors with recycling around the city, including several in the North End / Waterfront area. This will dramatically increase the number of Big Bellies, bringing the total in the city to 575, according the the Department of Public Works.
Vector Media is purchasing the barrels on behalf of the city, in exchange for an exclusive contract to place advertising on the barrel sides. The savings are expected to be $3 million to the City and the ad agency will return a minimum of $250,000 of its advertising revenue back to the city for the next 5 years.
Because they are so large, only high traffic intersections with plenty of sidewalk space will see them. We’ve already seen a few new ones added along Commercial and Hanover Streets where many of the sidewalks have corner bump-outs.
The compactors detect new trash every 30 seconds and press it down, if necessary. Once at 70% full, a wireless signal goes to DPW to empty the barrel.
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