Rosslyn’s Green Living Approach

by Dan Lesniak

BigbellysolarIt is important to take into consideration all of a community’s needs, and ideal ways to meet those needs, especially if one’s community is in an urban setting. The Orange Line Living communities in Arlington have taken community needs to heart and come up with some innovative ways to ensure our urban lifestyle is not to the detriment of our environment. Rosslyn, in particular, has successfully implemented a greener way to dispose of waste for the public.

Five years ago Arlington County decreased the frequency of waste collection for public trash bins, from a daily pick up down to twice a week. This caused a concern for the neighborhood, which the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), heard loud and clear, and quickly sought a better solution outside of county services. The BID searched and found BigBelly Solar, a greener alternative to regular waste collection.

BigBelly Solar bins offer not only a more green approach to public waste and disposal, but also a smarter one with the latest in technology applications. There are both garbage and recycling bins available, which can be found on just about every street corner in Rosslyn. The bins use solar technology to compact garbage and recycling. They can store up to 180 gallons of waste, which when full, triggers a sensor to compact the waste into a retrievable bag, all while using solar energy. There is also a digital app that sends data to the collectors to know when a unit is ready to be emptied, saving fuel and energy costs for the area as well. The closed bin design also keeps rodents and birds from getting into the bin, and equates in less waste on the ground, resulting in a cleaner, more welcoming Rosslyn for all.

The installation and use of this unique, high tech, greener solution for waste collection has made Rosslyn a forerunner for a cleaner, more environmentally friendly neighborhood. Taking into consideration the needs of our urban lifestyle and the environment is one way those of us along the Orange Line can be proud of where we live, and enjoy the place we call home even more. Myself, and the Orange Line Living team, are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected]

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