Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Larchmont Village Business Improvement District President Tom Kneafsey, and representatives from BigBelly Solar Waste and Recycling shared the first of what will be 15 new trash containers for Larchmont Boulevard with locals on Wednesday morning.
The installation on Larchmont is a part of a pilot project for the City of LA. Of course, these aren’t just any trash containers. Powered by solar panels, the trash and recycling cans feature compactors which will dramatically increase the amount of trash each container can hold, in some cases holding as much as five times the amount of trash as their predecessors.
Representatives from BigBelly Solar told the Larchmont Charter School students about how the founders of BigBelly came up with the company name. BigBelly is actually named after a seahorse found off the coasts of Australia and New Zealand that can swell its belly up to 5 times its normal size to accommodate more food. Quite a motivating image for these young recyclers!
So don’t be afraid to try these units out. For the first time we have an environmentally friendly trash solution on Larchmont Boulevard, thanks to the Larchmont BID and Councilmember Tom LaBonge.