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Go Green, Go Flat - New Solar Recycling & Compacting Units

On July 7th, the BID installed three BigBelly trash compacting / recycling units on the Flatiron Public Plazas at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. In each unit, there is a solar-powered trash compactor and two recycling collectors for paper and bottles. There are two units on the North Plaza and one unit on the South Plaza.

The units – both trash and recycling - contain SmartBelly technology that will wirelessly notify BID staff if the unit needs to be emptied. The trash compactor is projected to increase the capacity of a bag by fivefold, resulting in less manpower spent emptying the unit on the popular Public Plazas.

The BigBelly units are outfitted with custom Flatiron branded decals designed by Pentagram. The decals feature a play on words, and we think they crushed the design challenge presented to them.