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F.C.’s ‘Big Belly’: City Installs New Trash, Recycling Receptacles

City of Falls Church environmental services and operations crews have installed a special trash receptacle, known as “Big Belly”, near the bus stop in front of the CVS at 134 W Broad St. This new solar powered compactor will replace the three trash cans that are currently at that locaton.

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The new trash bin, “Big Belly,” and a recycling container have been installed by the City of F.C. outside CVS on Broad Street. (Photo: City of Falls Church)

City of Falls Church environmental services and operations crews have installed a special trash receptacle, known as “Big Belly”, near the bus stop in front of the CVS at 134 W Broad St. This new solar powered compactor will replace the three trash cans that are currently at that locaton.

Since the Big Belly holds more trash. the freqency of collection and the frequency of trips by large refuse trucks will be less which the City says will reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions. The Big Belly is solar powered so it does not require electricity to operate.

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“Big Belly” and its recycling counterpart. (Photo: City of Falls Church)

In addition to the Big Belly, City staff also installed a new recycling container at the busy corner which will reduce the amount of refuse being put in the trash cans that should be recycled. This will reduce the amount of refuse going to the transfer site and save on tipping fees.

City officials hope the larger trash and recycling receptacles will help reduce complaints about overflowing trash that could end up in the storm sewer system.