The City of Orlando’s Green Works Division will be installing 21 new recycling units in Downtown Orlando, including 7 new “Big Belly” units.
Big Belly (Website) is a Smart City business that delivers multiple benefits besides diverting waste from landfills. They also have the option to collect data via a cloud-connected software network that can track usage patterns. They can be outfitted to also be WiFi Hotspots, collect air pollution levels, traffic counts, and can even deliver location-based notifications like hyper-local PSAs or promotions. Oh, and they have solar panels.
Editor’s Note: This is a bit of a pilot project so it’s likely that most of the aforementioned features will not be activated, as they were not mentioned in the above video.
The Big Bellies will be located in various parts of Downtown, including the Constitution Green Dog Park, the Orange County Regional History Center, Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the new OPD headquarters, entry points to Lake Eola, and at various points along Orange Avenue.
This is the first phase of deployment for these new units with additional phases in unnamed locales of the City to apparently follow afterwards, hopefully in areas that don’t already benefit from the services of the Downtown Clean Team.