Sunday, July 16, 2017

Looking at the Big Belly 1.0 and 2.0 in and around Tompkins Square Park


[10th and B]

Last week, workers placed new solar-powered, Big Belly trash cans in and around Tompkins Square Park as part of the city's $32-million plan to combat vermin in rat-popular neighborhoods, like this one.

Per the city:

The City will purchase 336 solar compactors that restrict access to trash with a “mail-box” opening and that have resulted in 90% rat reductions when fully deployed in concentrated areas. The City will also replace all the remaining wire waste baskets in the zones with 1,676 steel cans — both in parks and on street corners — which should meaningfully reduce rats’ access to food sources compared to current wire baskets.

However effective, they're no match for someone who decides to dump contents from their apartment at their mail-box opening...



While there are more of the new Big Belly trash cans deployed inside the Park, it may be a good idea to put several of them at key entry points, such as Avenue A and St. Mark's Place, alongside the Big Belly 1.0, which can be overmatched ...



and Avenue A at Ninth Street...



Still, the squirrels seem to like them...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

People need to learn how to fucking recycle.

Scuba Diva said...

Most people like to show intention by leaving their trash on top of or beside a full garbage bin.

You all know what the road to hell is paved with, kiddies.

Anonymous said...

These trashcans are a colossal waste of money and dangerous.

What exactly is in one i.e. how can we see what is in one? At least with a wire basket trashcan we can spot a suspicious item.

A better idea is have mini-garbage trucks which take overflow garbage from wire baskets during the day before the garbage trucks.

Anonymous said...

Picture worth a thousand words.
Hope you are sending these to the city.

cmarrtyy said...

There is so much garbage in the city that rats don't care about Big Belly, they can eat anywhere, at any time. FAKE STATS. DOG 'N PONY SHOW. Typical politician answer - SPEND. But doomed to failure. The best solution is increased pick ups. But that's too easy. So....

Giovanni said...

This must be the first trashcan ever invented that you actually need to put inside another larger trashcan in order for it to work.

JQ LLC said...

@11:00 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzo1g9yY8Cc

Indeed, it will be much easier for aspiring jihadists like that guy who blew up 23rd street last year.

Anonymous said...

Not a lot of people would wanna touch that filthy handle to open the trash can. Why did they design something like that?

Anonymous said...

What a waste.

Anonymous said...

Not unusual to pass by folks who leave their garbage on already-full trash. Really shocking. Do they really think the garbage won't end up on the sidewalk? In the EV the "perpetrators" are often affluent looking folks, age 20-35 and many who seem to be tourists.

Continue to be baffled by surveys that report that millennials are concerned about the environment and climate change? If lifestyle is an indication - Starbucks drinks, food delivery, ecommerce delivery, Uber, constant shopping for cheap clothes - and leaving trash everywhere, it does not seem like many millennials truly care...

Giovanni said...

That's exactly what makes me skip using these garbage cans, the handle! If I'm eating a slice or sipping a drink and just want to toss a bag or a container I don't want to put my hands on a dirty handle. But I would never leave garbage on top of the container, that's just being lazy. An open top container is much more sanitary and convenient. Forget the rats, you can probably catch more diseases from touching those dirty handles.

Anonymous said...

A foot pedal would be better than a handle.

Anonymous said...

5:32pm - Styrofoam and paper coffee cups have been used for decades before Starbucks came around, so spare me the sanctimony re: SB cups, and I have never drank and never will drink SB. People have ordered food for delivery, shopped for cheap clothes, and used yellow taxicabs, livery cabs, and black cars for decades before millenials came around. Ordering online is not a millenial-only thing. So knock off blaming millenials for environmental damage. ALL generations are responsible, and I'd say millenials and Generation Xers have done the least damage as we (myself speaking as a Gen Xers) own the least property and political power.

Anonymous said...

This is very important:

"Continue to be baffled by surveys that report that millennials are concerned about the environment and climate change? If lifestyle is an indication - Starbucks drinks, food delivery, ecommerce delivery, Uber, constant shopping for cheap clothes - and leaving trash everywhere, it does not seem like many millennials truly care..."

It shows that people *want* to believe in APGW/climate change but don't -- their behaviors do not match their purported beliefs. It's not just millennials though, it's the spokespeople, the politicians, even the scientists, all whom produce factors of pollution jetting to and fro and supporting their lavish lifestyles well above and beyond what the average slob is responsible for. The biggest carbon footprint on this planet is in the shape of a pentagon and none of above even dare to mention it but they have no problem telling you to use less toilet paper and to get used to living like Indians.

Anonymous said...

Fucking terrible idea. NOBODY wants to grab that handle which has trash and filth on it. They ned to figure out a better design instead of investing in these. It's ridiculous.

Giovanni said...

Here's a design idea for that stupid, germ-ridden handle: make it so that you can open it with your elbow. Problem solved.