As it’s first step in the campus-wide plan to move forward with single stream recycling, Facilities Management placed 73 Bigbelly units across campus. Each outdoor waste station now has a single recycling Bigbelly that can accept all recyclables and one trash Bigbelly. This single-stream approach makes recycling easier and less confusing and has been shown to result in higher diversion rates. These efficient waste stations are outfitted with solar panels that power a compactor mechanism to allow five times more trash and recycling to fit in the bins. The Bigbellies feed into a wireless network to transmit data on the fullness of each bin, which means that staff get updates when bins need to be emptied. This has significantly reduced the time spent checking bins throughout campus and grounds staff are now able to focus their time and energy on more productive projects.

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