Hoboken Installs High Tech Solar Trash and Recycling Compactors

Hoboken, NJ - Monday, December 9th, 2013


The City of Hoboken is installing 40 BigBelly Solar compacting trash and recycling bins along the South Waterfront from Pier A to Pier C as a first phase of broader rollout along high-traffic areas. BigBelly bins have five times the capacity of regular trash cans, are more sanitary, require fewer pickups, and are equipped with wireless technology to automatically notify staff when they need to be emptied.

“This is an important part of making Hoboken cleaner and greener,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are dramatically expanding public space recycling, keeping our environment cleaner, and further establishing Hoboken as a leader in sustainability. I thank Director Pellegrini and the South Waterfront Board for giving us a chance to pilot this along our waterfront and look forward to expanding the use of this system to our other high traffic areas.”

Additional phases will include bins at Sinatra Park, Washington Street, near Hoboken Terminal, and potentially other parks, commercial districts, and high traffic pedestrian areas. Businesses interested in sponsoring a Big Belly Solar compactor can contact Director Leo Pellegrini at

By increasing recycling rates, the City will save money through reduced waste tonnage and tipping fees as well as increased revenue from recycling. The increased capacity, fully enclosed design, and real-time status of the bins will mean more efficient operations and cleaner parks, streets and sidewalks.

“The Big Belly solar trash compactors will streamline sanitation operations and allow employees to engage in other tasks due to increased efficiencies,” added Environmental Services Director Leo Pellegrini. “It will keep garbage from overflowing, discourage illegal dumping of trash, and eradicate many animal-related issues due to the enclosed design.”

BigBelly Solar Stations use solar panels to power a motor that automatically compacts contents, resulting in the need for fewer bags and lower fuel emissions from fewer pickups. An electronic sensor installed in the bin wirelessly alerts sanitation staff when it becomes full.

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