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It’s Easy Being Green: Big Belly Units Eat Trash and Recyclables
Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Written By:  Brian Kirschner
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.krischner@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

With the delivery of 15 Big Belly Trash Compactors, University of the Sciences is making a serious foray into improving recycling efforts around campus as well as the disposal of refuse.

Coinciding with Earth Day on April 22, the University officially unveiled its first solar powered Big Belly Trash Compactor. With a crowd on hand for Student Appreciation Day, President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino was joined by Assistant Facilities Director Louis Hegyes and SGA Student Activities Coordinator Nick Hurrey PharmD’13 to place the first pieces of trash and recyclables into the units.

When fully set up, the 15 compactors will be dispersed around campus in strategic traffic areas. All told, 45 compactors will be purchased as part of a three-year plan. The disposal receptacles are the result of Dr. Gerbino’s desire for the campus community to become a more environmentally friendly. The first step was the organization of a campus Green Team.

“The Green Team consists of students, faculty, and staff who bring a variety of view points, experiences, and ideas,” said Hegyes. “One of the initial efforts addresses the need to create a more uniform and successful recycling process on campus.”

The solar powered compactors will streamline the University’s trash/recycling operations, eliminate overflowing containers, showcase the environmental efforts, and reduce overall costs. Advanced Enviro System, who recently installed the same solar compactors in Center City Philadelphia, has indicated that the University will have more solar trash compactors than any other college or university in Philadelphia.

Sitting in pairs consisting of a recycling receptacle and a solar powered trash compactor, the Big Belly compactors will be utilized in both indoor and outdoor high use areas. The Facilities Department anticipates all 15 units will be operational by summer. Thirty more units will be installed over the next two years.

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