Big Belly: LTD to install solar trash compactors

Learn more about the Big Belly on KVAL News and Friday evening

EUGENE, Oregon - For Eugene's Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, Lane Transit District is unveiling a new solar powered trash compactor called The Big Belly.

LTD gave KVAL News a sneak peak at the $3,000 device equipped with a self trash compacting mechanism powered by the sun's rays.

LTD director of service planning Andy Vabora said they purchased two of the compactors for a trial run at the downtown Eugene station. He said they will be bolted to the ground there sometime next week.

Vabora said LTD purchased the compactors as part of the organization's sustainability initiative.

Vabora said The Big Belly, named after the manufacturer, collects five times the amount of trash compared with a standard trash receptacle and sends a text message when it is full. He said these features increase efficiency for LTD by freeing up employee man hours for other projects.

The Big Belly will be unveiled at the EWEB Plaza in Saturday at the LTD booth for Eugene's Earth Day Celebration. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend.

LTD is offering free bus service all that day and providing free shuttles from the Eugene downtown bus station to The Saturday Market and to the Earth Day Celebration at EWEB Plaza.