MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair has installed 40 Bigbelly smart waste disposal units throughout Montclair Center this week.

The Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System, which is used throughout the U.S. and in 50 countries around the globe, will help the Township streamline collection operations and keep public spaces clean by keeping waste in and critters out, say township leaders.

With the Bigbelly smart waste disposal system, the Township hopes to be able to optimize collection routines, track and measure operations, and show location-based waste patterns (such as volume, fill rate, collection activity). Measurable data from the stations on the street provides real-time reports on metrics such as waste volume, efficiency, and diversion when a recycling stream is present.

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According to a release, the Bigbelly station is designed to compact waste to hold five times the amount of a standard refuse bin (150 gallons vs. a standard traditional bin’s 30-gallon capacity).

“Collections at public refuse stations are no longer a guessing game,” said Bigbelly Regional Account Manager Joseph Nardello. “On average, cities with the Bigbelly system deployed at scale reduce their waste collections and associated operational expense by up to 70-80%. Fewer trash collections mean fewer refuse vehicles for shorter periods of time, and, in turn, fewer greenhouse gas emissions polluting the atmosphere, thereby contributing towards a calmer, more sustainable environment,” he said.

Bigbelly is a two-part waste disposal system that uses smart-connected stations on the street and cloud-based CLEAN Management Console software. The two components provide Community Services Department staff real-time and historical collection data for each station, making trash overflows a thing of the past. Staff manages the system from a centralized dashboard, analyzing operations and optimizing routes as needed.

The cornerstone of the Bigbelly system is the CLEAN Management Software. The smart stations on the street communicate with the software signaling their fullness status so Community Services staff know exactly which stations need to be emptied.

The solar-powered stations are smart with a CPU plus cell and GPS antennas inside. Fullness sensors know when a station is reaching capacity and automatically send notifications to collection crews either daily, with a list of stations requiring collection, or immediately when a station needs attention.

“The new system is another example of the Township striving to keep our public areas clean for enjoyment by residents and visitors,” said Mayor Robert Jackson, “and we now have the added benefit of a more energy- and resource-efficient refuse collection system. Montclair Center will serve as a Bigbelly pilot program and, with the anticipated measured success of the initial 40 units, we will likely deploy more Bigbelly waste disposal bins throughout Montclair in the future.” he said.