WINNIPEG — The first solar-powered trash container is now up and running in Winnipeg.
Called the “Big Belly,” it’s the first of its kind in the province and replaces one of the regular duo waste and recycling containers at 117 Regent Avenue.
“I have seen these bins at work on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and in downtown Penticton, BC, and in both places the streets were pristine,” said Alex Morrison, executive director of the Transcona BIZ.
“They are also in use in Kenora, so we know they work in our climate. We are all very excited to have the first one in Manitoba here in downtown Transcona!”
The bin communicates via cellular signal back to city and BIZ staff, letting them know when it’s nearing capacity and ready for a pick-up. Crews can check the status of the bin through a smartphone app and then tend to it when needed.
The BIZ says if the pilot project is a success, additional solar-powered bins could pop up in other locations throughout Transcona. Winnipeg-based Sycamore Energy is the Manitoba distributor for the Big Belly containers.
Funding for the roughly $6,400 project was shared between the BIZ and city.