Southridge complex to use BigBelly solar-powered trash compactors

May 17, 2012 

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The City of Kennewick has partnered with Waste Management of Washington to bring six solar-powered trash compactors and recycling kiosks to the Southridge Sports and Events Complex as part of a trade for sponsorship.

The cost of each BigBelly solar compactor is $5,250, but the city of Kennewick received them at no cost because of the partnership with Waste Management.

The Southridge Sports & Event Complex is near Highway 395 at 2901 Southridge Blvd.

The BigBelly solar compactor is a patented, compacting trash receptacle that is powered by solar energy and controlled by software. The BigBelly waste component takes up as much space as the “footprint” of an ordinary trash can, but its capacity is five times greater.

Waste Management of Washington has served as Kennewick's recycling and solid waste collection provider for more than 20 years.

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