For years, we have been talking about the benefits of the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System. This is a system that is designed to alleviate the headaches of standard garbage cans and spin bins (currently on Elmwood). Thanks to grant funding by the Buffalo Main Streets Initiative Fund, the Elmwood Village Association (EVA) was able to procure three double-barrel Bigbelly stations – one in front of Allentown Pizza, one at Reform Fitness (lead image), and a high capacity solar version in front of Spot Coffee.
Each station has enclosed bins for garbage and recycling, this preventing critters and bees from accessing the discarded materials. According to Ashley Smith, Executive Director at EVA, the new system is highly efficient and super durable, and while the old artistic and locally made spin bins and corral stations were fine for their time, times have changed, and the new Smart Waste & Recycling System is the answer.
Ever since they were installed, the spin bins and the corrals were constantly overflowing, and breaking. These new sturdy bins send WiFi signals to the EVA offices indicating that they have reached capacity. The new solar station at Spot Coffee (corner of Cleveland) is a high traffic zone, so it was outfitted with the high capacity model that includes a compactor. That means that five time the amount of waste and recycling can go into that bin, before it signals to the EVA that it is full.
I asked Ashley who was ultimately responsible for the emptying of the new bins, and she said that not much has changed in that department. It’s a mutual effort between the business owners, the EVA, and the city. The cans within the bins have latches that hook up to the City’s motorized dump truck forks, making it easy for workers to empty them. Apparently the City is looking closely at these new smart trash bins to see if they want to place them in other districts of the city.
Streetscape Funds – Matching Challenge – Double Your Donation!
Make a donation the Elmwood Village Clean Streets Appeal today and The Baird Foundation will match the first $1,000 in donations. The Elmwood Village Association Street Team revived planters at Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway this year, adding small evergreens for year-round interest. Donate today to extend these programs into the fall season and expand plantings to more blocks of Elmwood. Donate now!