Move over Wall-E, BigBelly Solar Stations are in town, er-well have been in town rather. I don’t know about you, but it’s only recently that I noticed the fancy new solar powered recycling stations around campus. They occupy four different high traffic areas including the Office of Admissions, Usdan, the Memorial Chapel and Olin. They’ve also been sighted throughout Middletown as well. At first, I half expected it to say “thank you” after I put my recyclables in its belly, or at least give me an affectionate series of robotic noises like R2D2, but alas this wasn’t the case. Although, they do have red and green lights on them that flash to indicate how full they are.
Founded in 2003, BigBelly Stations can be found in more than 30 countries. The company has been instrumental in creating the first public recycling programs in cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston. In Philadelphia, BigBellys saved the city almost a million dollars on collections during its first year.