Bigbelly® is a smart waste and recycling system that is now located in seven locations across the GSU campus and are easily accessible by students, staff, faculty as well as the downtown Atlanta community. The system will help avoid collecting too often, wasting fuel and labor. They will also control overflowing trash which create litter, health and safety issues. This public waste and recycling system leverages renewable solar energy and information technology resulting in a 70-80% reduction in operational costs and is being funded by the campus sustainability fee. The mandatory $3 sustainability fee was driven by students to support sustainability initiatives on campus.
How does it work?
The smart waste and recycling system gathers, consolidates and analyzes data from smart collection stations, providing real-time status alerts and historical reports that help optimize operations and eliminate overflow and visible waste.
How is it powered? A solar panel is used to charge an internal battery, which in turn powers all of the features of the stations including compaction and wireless communication.
What are the benefits? (1) Beautify your space by containing litter and keeping pests away; (2) Calm your space by reducing collection truck congestion, noise and air pollution; (2) Sustain your space by introducing recycling, conserving fuel and cutting carbon emissions; and (4) Economize your space by increasing productivity and reducing fleet operations costs.
How did GSU obtain the system?
The fee committee approved a proposal submitted by a group of students, the recycling coordinator and Bigbelly® that outlined the feasibility, costs, and benefits of the system. The fee committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff.