DART has added a solar-powered trash compactor to Rosa Parks Plaza in an effort to further reduce its environmental footprint and encourage recycling and smarter waste disposal.
The compactor, called the BigBelly Solar, is entirely solar powered. It includes a sensor that detects when the trash bin is full and begin the compacting process. Attached to the compactor at DART’s station is a recycling bin.
The BigBelly Solar will hold five times its amount of waste and alerts DART maintenance staff wireless when it’s full and needs to be emptied. Yes, the Internet-enabled trash can has finally arrived.
This is the only BigBelly Solar in DART’s system and is part of an ongoing trial at different stations. Check it out at Rosa Parks Plaza at the corner of N Lamar and Elm streets in Downtown Dallas.