Clean Up Cambridge

Clean Up Cambridge

Committee: Environment

Total Cost: $125,000

Locations: Replacing existing open bins throughout Cambridge


Short Description:

This project will upgrade existing trash barrels and recycling containers. This will keep the streets clean, prevent pests from being drawn to waste bins, and make it easier to properly dispose of different kinds of waste.

Long Description:

With these additional funds the City will be able to accelerate its 5-year waste management plan. This project will add improvements to waste and recycling, and add signage to help better use these new features most effectively. This project will have broad impacts on Cambridge where residents have expressed the greatest need.

New Big Belly Solar Compactors – This project will fund the replacement of 10-12 open trash bins with the new Big Belly bins. The Big Belly bins have several advantages over standard open bins. First, they act as a trash compactor so that the bins need to be emptied less often. The compacting is completely solar powered.  Next, the bins can monitor how full they are and can call for city workers to empty them once they reach capacity.  This also helps to more efficiently use city labor.  Finally, these bins are enclosed, meaning that rodents and other pests will be unable to get into the garbage, which will keep them away from the areas where these bins are emplaced.

Attached Big Belly Recycling – Attached to the above bins will be recycling bins.  In order to help people sort between waste and recycling it’s important to have waste and recycle bins next to each other.  This project will also add recycling bins to existing Big Belly Solar Compactors to make this easier.  These recycling bins also monitor how full they are just like the Big Belly waste bins, and are also enclosed, providing many of the same benefits.

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  • Geo E. Despotes
    commented 2018-12-12 11:12:35 -0500
    It would be good to have sensor operated access as at the Cambridgeside Galleria…
  • Nancy Gold
    commented 2018-12-05 01:17:58 -0500
    If this passes, please be sure to install the Big Belly Bins that have the foot pedal. Thanks!
  • G. Wyman
    commented 2018-12-04 09:26:24 -0500
    Something else sorely needed in East Cambridge — to curb the burgeoning rat population!
  • Raji Patel
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