A smart solar compacting solution
Working closely with Superfy, the City of Bunbury deployed 22 Bigbelly Solar compactors across Koombana Bay Foreshore, Jetty Baths and Sykes Foreshore Playground. These smart bins compact the waste at regular intervals and as a result they hold more than 5 times the amount of waste of an ordinary 120 L waste bin. In addition, the smart bins use sensors inside to monitor fill levels and when ready for collection, they send a notification to the waste management company.
A 6 X reduction in collections
By deploying these smart bins across the city, collections were dramatically reduced, resulting in lower operational costs and a reduction in the environmental impact. According to Joanne Walker, the Waste Education Project Officer for the City “Using Superfy’s Bigbelly Smart Waste and Recycling System, we have been able to reduce our collections from 24 times per month to just 4 collections per month.”
In addition, the improved branding supported by Superfy for the FOGO (Food Organic and Garden Organics) bins resulted in a 50% reduction in contamination rates. Food, soiled paper and cardboard are being re-directed away from the recycle bins, with napkins, paper bags, paper plates, and pizza boxes now going into FOGO bins.
Commenting on the improvement and positive trend towards a more sustainable environment, Joanne said ‘We anticipate the contamination rates will only improve over the next year as there is a growing trend towards use of compostable packaging, plates, cups and utensils by regional service providers, who are moving away from single use plastics as they become banned under the State’s Plan for Plastics’.