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Posted on: June 15, 2016

Smart Waste Stations Approved for Passaic County Parks

(Passaic County, NJ) – Passaic County approved the acquisition of solar powered recycling/waste bins for the county’s park system at the Freeholder meeting on May 24th. The Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution to contract with Bigbelly Solar, Inc. to supply Passaic County parks with Duo Clean Stations which are waste/recycling compactors powered with solar energy, and operated by a cloud computing system. Bigbelly, Inc. is a world leader in smart waste & recycling management, and operates in 47 countries.

“We are proud of our county parks, and these new smart recycling bins will help keep parks clean,” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “It takes time and money to go around and empty recycling bins in every corner of the county, but parks employees don’t know how empty or full these cans are until they get there. These new recycling bins will be able to communicate that to our employees.”

Bigbelly, Inc. was founded in 2003 with the goal of transforming waste collection. Cities and other entities would either collect too often, wasting fuel and labor, or were not able to keep up with overflowing recycling bins. These smart bins beautify public space while reducing operating costs as much as 70-80%. “The county has been finding ways to increase services, while reducing costs,” said Freeholder Lepore, who is also the Chairman of the Budget Committee. “The Freeholders were awarded a grant to purchase these bins, which saved more county taxpayer dollars.” The Freeholders used funding from a grant provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. One of the activities funded by this Recycling Enhancement Act Bonus Grant, is the expansion of Passaic County’s recycling program in its public parks. With this grant, the county was able to purchase 16 Bigbelly Duo Clean Stations for the county park system, and several are already installed in Weasel Brook Park in Clifton.

“The most interesting aspect of these smart bins is their design,” said Freeholder Terry Duffy, Director who is also the Chairman of the Health Committee. “These new recycling bins with their ability to compact waste and communicate with county employees will provide more efficient waste collection throughout our county park system.” New signage to alert the public about the proper use of these recycling/waste compactors is in the process of being installed in Passaic County’s parks.

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