Big Belly Solar compactors finally installed in Chestnut Hill

On Wednesday morning 15 big belly solar compactors were installed in one of Philadelphia’s most upscale neighborhoods – Chestnut Hill.

The Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) originally had reservations about the installation, which were voiced in a town meeting in June.

During the meeting, the compactors were described as “ugly.” Some feared the installation would take away from the beauty of the historical town. Others considered health risks caused by touching the handles.

The meeting concluded with a unanimous decision to adopt the compactors because the installation would mean less trash and debris along Germantown Avenue. The compactors hold up to five times more trash than ordinary trash cans.

Even though the CHCA agreed to the big bellies, it had one condition; no promotional items such as fliers can be plastered on them.

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