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Solar Trash Compactors Shine Sustainably

Story posted January 02, 2009

Solar powered trash compactors are helping to support the College's ongoing commitment to sustainability.

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The two BigBelly compactors, located outside Smith Union and in front of Sargent Gym, run on a 12-volt battery that is kept charged by its solar panel on sunny or cloudy days.

The battery provides a power reserve for several weeks, so it performs well, even in northern latitudes.

BigBelly says its solar compactors reduce collection requirements four times or more, saving thousands of dollars over their lifetime.

The compactors were anonymous gifts from an alumnus who was an early investor in the company.

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