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Solar Powered Trashcans in The City of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Installation of solar powered trashcans throughout the City of Atlanta to help keep communities clean, advance environmental goals and support smart city efforts.

Topics Covered

Waste Management


Initial: 1 Thousand USD

O&M: 1 Thousand USD


Public Private Partnership

Innovative Finance

Advertising Revenue

Project Status

Operational since 2017

Gov Champion

Public Works, Mayor's office of Innovation

Problem Addressed

With a number of public trashcans placed around the city, significant resources are spent collecting the trash even when the cans are not full. The city therefore desired to find a more efficient means of collecting public waste bins only when necessary.

Solutions Used

The new program places smart, double-station waste and recycling bins in 160 locations in downtown Atlanta, the Westside and Little Five Points neighborhood.

The Bigbelly units installed are solar-powered and compact waste to hold five times as much waste as a traditional trash bin. Through smart sensors, the units communicate to a centralized dashboard to alert crews when stations are ready for waste and recycling collection.

Something Unique

All bins and costs for deployment and management are covered by the contractor who in turn funds the project via public advertising.

Who Should Consider

Any city that has a need to collect public trash.

Last Updated

Aug 1st, 2018
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