Remember this? I have received a response from the director of Kyron, the company which manufactures the Big Belly. He has asked me to publish it and I am happy to do so. Feel free to comment.
Hi, I read your recent blog about our Big belly unit on trial in Inverness. I would like to add a comment as it was a very thought provoking article (thank you for raising awareness of our compactors) and there were some very interesting comments by your readers. Id like to respond to some of the issues and opinions raised. Apologies for the bullet point nature of my comments. 1. Yes even in Inverness the solar panels will work all year round. Solar technology has vastly improved over the past few years and continues to do so. 2. Oh ye of little faith in your community! Regarding vandalism, this culture is the exact same throughout Ireland and the UK and we have only lost one unit out of hundreds installed. The product is manufactured in the USA from the same materials used on the Ice Hockey rinks, the polycarbonate top, over the solar panel, has never been pierced and you would need a sledgehammer to crack it. 3. The retail cost of the compactor is £3500 not £3200. Councils can acquire the units without using any capital funds. They pay for the units on a monthly basis DIRECTLY from the savings and efficiencies each units generates. Even if a council was using capital funds to buy the bins, the payback is only 12-18 months and the lifespan of the bins is 7.5 years. 4. How savings are generated? – If a council is emptying a street bin twice a day, it will only need to empty a Big belly once a week. This saves massive hours of operatives workload that can be re-deployed into other more critical areas. This reduction in collections saves Councils a fortune in vehicle fuel, maintenance and carbon costs. One of our councils has reduced their truck time from 21 hours per day to 10 hours per day. 5. The big Belly eliminates weekend collections – savings huge overtime expense and vehicle costs 6. The Big Belly eliminates overflowing bins which reduces street cleaning requirements. 7. Because of its enclosed nature, the Big belly eliminates problems associated with birds and vermin scattering rubbish across streets, car parks , parks and beaches saving another small fortune in litter picking costs. 8. The Big belly is bolted to the ground for health & safety and anti theft purposes. We have never had a unit robbed across 18 countries worldwide. 9. The bin is emptied by opening the door and lifting the back of rubbish out of the bin. The rubbish isn’t compacted into a brick type format and the average weight of the full bin is 9-11 kilos adhering to all health and safety regulations. 10. The Big Belly sends an email when the bin is 85% full. A website the council uses provides full mapping, litter volume, efficiency data and sends automated fill alerts to relevant council crews. This saves councils a fortune by eliminating the current process of “milk run” type truck and crew rounds emptying empty bins etc. I hope this clarifies everything and thank you again for highlighting the trial in Inverness. I have followed you on twitter from our @bigbellysolaruk account and our website iswww.bigbellysolar.co.uk. I would really appreciate it if you could publish my response and I trust you with same. If you need anything further please contact me at any of the detail below. Regards, Don Don Coughlan Director Kyron UK Limited