The latest garbage guzzling wonders have arrived to help Orlando achieve its goal of becoming a Zero Waste Community by 2040.
City workers began installing seven Bigbelly trash bins last week at Orlando City Hall, Lake Eola Park and Constitution Green. The bins use Smart City technologies to compact recycling and monitor fill levels in the garbage and recycling cans.
The city’s solid waste division is leasing the bins for $140 a month during a three-year pilot program to see if it saves money on waste pick-up and disposal.
The Bigbelly cans can already be found in Atlanta, New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Denver.
The Lynx public transit system has 200 Bigbelly bins at bus stops throughout the region. The cans save money by monitoring fill levels so garbage pick-ups are made only when needed.
The waste & recycling system includes smart stations, which communicate their status into a cloud-connected software to reduce collections by up to 80 percent.
“The ability to recycle is a major benefit to taxpayers, according to Chris Castro, Orlando’s director of sustainability. “We hear constantly that Orlando needs more recycling.”
The city also added 14 Victor Stanley double garbage cans with one side for recycling and one side for trash.
The City of Orlando has been selected as the location for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s pilot project, Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a New Economy.
This project aims to increase the current 34 percent recycling rate in the United States to help communities, cities and businesses across the country create a more sustainable future.
“We’re making significant strides toward that commitment by providing our residents and businesses with the tools and strategies necessary to divert more waste from our landfills, including offering weekly recycling collection, quarterly e-waste drives, free backyard composters to residents, and a commercial food waste collection program that is diverting millions of pounds of organic waste per year,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
The new cans have Recycle Across America visual labels that help people understand what can be recycled.
“In an area such as Orlando with a lot of tourism, it’s important that visitors see the labels and know what can be placed in the recycling can,” said Ian Jurgensen, the city’s sustainability projects manager.
Through a partnership with Orlando’s Downtown Development Board, the city is exploring a policy that will require commercial buildings and multifamily residences to offer recycling, Castro said.