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White Plains Rolls Out New 'Big Belly,' Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

Just in time for Earth Day, the City of White Plains has rolled out new "Big Belly" solar-powered, compacting trash barrels, as part of a pilot program at three downtown locations.
Just in time for Earth Day, the City of White Plains has rolled out new "Big Belly" solar-powered, compacting trash barrels, as part of a pilot program at three downtown locations. Photo Credit: Provided

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Just in time for Earth Day, the City of White Plains is rolling out the latest in garbage technology.

The City Department of Public Works is piloting three "Big Belly," solar-powered garbage containers in the downtown area.

The larger containers are capable of holding five times the amount of garbage as standard trash receptacles by compacting the garbage dropped inside.

The compactors are solar-powered. The unit also features a foot pedal, which allows no-touch opening for residents hoping to avoid germs.

The three test locations will be:

1 - Renaissance Plaza

2 - Corner of Martine Avenue and Court Street

3 - Corner of Mamaroneck Avenue and Martine Avenue

These locations were picked because they are high volume trash locations, according to a City Hall spokeswoman.

The new units will allow City Sanitation crews to empty the units on a Friday, for example, and not have to come back again until Monday, making them both Earth-friendly and efficient.

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