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Big Belly Solar Compactor in Lytle Park

The BigBelly Solar Compactor is a patented compacting trash receptacle that is completely self-powered by solar energy. The unit takes up as much space as the “footprint” of an ordinary trash can —but its capacity is five times greater. Increased capacity reduces collection trips and can cut operating costs, fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. Reduced collections yield deep cost efficiencies by freeing up valuable worker time, allowing managers to re-deploy staff to other important tasks, and reduce the costs and pollution of unnecessary vehicle trips.


As trash collects inside a BigBelly solar compactor, an internal “eye” senses when the bin is filling and automatically triggers a compaction cycle. As the compacted trash reaches the level where pick up is desirable after multiple compactions, a message is sent through the CLEAN notification system, essentially “calling home” to say “I’m full – time to empty me”. Without wasting trips down a street or to a curb for units that do not yet require pick up, crews have the ability to know exactly when BigBelly solar compactors are ready for pick up – or still have much more capacity. Externally visible LED indicator lights also communicate bin fullness information to crews.


Nestled into Cincinnati's central business district, Lytle Park features a panorama of floral displays changing from tulips, magnolia and crabapple in the spring to annuals and perennials in the summer and to annuals mixed with chrysanthemums in the fall.


The 2.31 acre park, bounded by Fourth and Lawrence Streets, is the original site of the Lytle family homestead, built in 1809 by General William Henry Lytle. The Park also features an 11-foot tall heroic bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln.


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Taken on March 14, 2011