Cheshire West and Chester Council is England’s most efficient Bigbelly user after the system’s CLEAN platform – the monitoring and evaluation software behind Bigbelly – revealed that the council operated at 98 per cent efficiency throughout 2016.

The efficiency rating is based on the number of collections made when Bigbelly’s Smart Stations are full and require emptying. The more empties made when the units are full, the higher the efficiency rating.

Unlike traditional bins, which are emptied regardless of whether they are full or not, each Bigbelly Smart Station alerts collection teams when it is full and requires emptying. It also notifies collection teams when it is not full and can be missed off the collection round.

In addition to efficiencies created through fill-level monitoring and route optimisation, Bigbelly’s solar compaction technology increases its collection capacity up to 808 litres when full, further reducing collection frequencies and therefore the operational cost of waste collection, vehicle movements and carbon emissions.

A total of 60 Bigbelly Smart Stations replaced 72 traditional bins at several locations throughout the borough during the summer of 2015. Since their installation the Council has reduced its annual collections from 209,160 across 72 bins to 12,801 collections across 60 Bigbelly Smart Stations.

On being named the most efficient council, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “As a council we work extremely hard to be innovative, provide exceptional environments for those who live and work within the area and be as sustainable as we possibly can. The report not only shows that the system is working but also that it is delivering huge efficiency gains for the Council. As a result, we are now able to reinvest the time and resource saved by emptying Bigbelly’s Smart Stations only when necessary into enhancing other elements of the urban realm.”

The 2016 CLEAN report included 67 Bigbelly installations currently in operation throughout the UK.

“Having ready access to the technology afforded by Bigbelly is one thing, but using the technology to its full capability is another. Cheshire West and Chester Council has demonstrated that by embracing Bigbelly and being able to make decisions based on up-to-the-minute data that each Bigbelly unit gathers, it is not only eliminating overfull bins in busy public spaces but also enabling the Council’s resources and budgets to go a lot further. Against a backdrop of continuing public sector cuts, Bigbelly’s ability to increase efficiencies has never been so timely.”
Mark Jenkins, Sales Director at Egbert Taylor Group