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Newton Launches Bigbelly Solar Powered Waste Collection Initiative

Newton has unveiled its new Bigbelly waste collection system, a smart waste and recycling program designed for public spaces.

The city installed 340 units in 170 locations across Newton in April and May. Solar-powered and utilizing cloud technology, the units come equipped with compacting and sensing technology.

A system dashboard collects monitoring, routing information and real-time and historical data from each unit to optimize the collection process. According to the Newton city website, this data helps reduce collection frequency by up to 80 percent on average.

The Department of Parks and Recreation entered into a partnership with Bigbelly after studying which locations had the highest volume of waste collection.

The new smart-waste systems can be found at:

  • 112 Woodbine
  • Dolan Pond
  • Edmands Park
  • Houghton Garden
  • Islington Oval
  • Old Cold Spring
  • Plymouth Road
  • Waban Hill Reservoir