I have been seeing a lot of different trash cans around D.C. On the National Mall and around town, I see a lot of 42 gallon steel slat receptacles. It turns out that these are $900 if you go with Belson Outdoors and you'll see similar prices with competitors. It can be an additional couple hundred bucks to add the right top to protect from rain and accommodate for cigarette ashes.
So a normal city receptacle is 1/4 of a Big Belly in cost but Big Belly can hold up to 5 times in volume. This is a competition that is under 10 years old and if BigBelly wants to win, they need to lower their price. Looks like they've got a pretty good savings pitch here--of course, I'd like to see sources for the "Notes and Assumptions" section.
Yesterday I observed a garbage truck stop and collect trash from a receptacle on a residential city block. In this instance, I would imagine cost of pick up (gas used, labor hours, etc.) is negligible. So, would investing in a solar compactor be economical in this instance?ReplyDelete
That's a great point and I don't think investing is economical in this instance. The compactor in the photo is from Navy Yard (along the Anacostia River) and I've seen many other on GWU campus. My dad informs me that he's seeing them at bus stops in Seattle at some of the bigger, city streets. These are all instances where there is little to no residential trash pick up.Delete