Smart Recycling and Trash Compactors

Committee: Environment

Cost: $40,000

Location: To be determined based on need and impact assessments.

Short Description: Add 5 touchless rodent-resistant “Big Belly” recycling and trash compactors in Cambridge. Big Belly bins are solar-powered and more efficient than traditional bins. They keep the City cleaner, reduce the rodent population, and increase access to recycling.

Long Description: This proposal will increase the number of Big Belly smart trash bins throughout the city. They are hands-free and can compact a large amount of waste. These bins will be placed in highly trafficked public areas. Increasing the number of Big Belly bins will remove easy access to a major food source for rodents. They are securely closed and can only be accessed by a foot pedal or your hands. These trash bins will help in lowering the rodent populations and keep Cambridge clean.

An enclosed trash can with a foot peddle next to a recycling bin.