StarMetro Celebrates Earth Month
Installs Solar Trash Receptacles
April 09, 2013
April is Earth Month, and StarMetro is celebrating by installing six new, solar-powered trash receptacles. This week, the transit agency will install the revolutionary trash receptacles, manufactured by BigBelly Solar, at bus stops throughout Tallahassee. These trash receptacles, which are a combination of a trash compactor and a recycling unit, hold up to 150 gallons of waste - five times the volume of a traditional trash can.
The trash receptacle itself is made up of two parts: the BigBelly unit and the SmartBelly unit. The BigBelly accepts trash and the SmartBelly accepts recyclable materials, such as paper and plastic. Both work as compactors compacting deposited materials. Once the trash receptacle is full, the CLEAN Management System onboard every BigBelly and SmartBelly unit sends a real-time alert to StarMetro's maintenance staff. This process allows StarMetro to save money as staff is not continuously checking the receptacle for emptying.
"By employing these 100 percent solar-powered trash receptacles, we at StarMetro can save money in labor, fuel and maintenance costs," said Ivan Maldonado, interim executive director for StarMetro. "Most importantly, though, we can ensure that our bus stops are clean and litter free."
The six bus stop locations for the trash receptacles include:
- C.K. Steele Plaza
- Thomasville Road and Bradford Road
- Governors Square Boulevard and Magnolia Drive
- North Monroe Street and John Knox Road
- Tennessee Street and Macomb Street
- Orange Avenue and Meridian Street
With the addition of these six new receptacles, StarMetro will have a total of 13 solar-powered trash receptacles. In 2009, StarMetro began a pilot project with five BigBelly units. All of StarMetro's solar-powered trash receptacles have been purchased with monies from a grant supplied by the Federal Transit Administration.
For more information about StarMetro services, please call StarMetro's main office at 891-5200 or visit Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include liking StarMetro's official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit or following the organization on Twitter at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro.
Ralph Wilder, StarMetro Maintenance Superintendent, 891-5217; or Heather Teter, Department of Communications, 891-8533