Solar-powered compacting trash cans are coming soon to Buckhead streets with a five-year agreement in the works from the city and the Buckhead Community Improvement District.

The CID board previously hesitated on a deal with Massachusetts-based Bigbelly in part because the company’s business model involves placing advertising on the cans. Some CID board members say that’s a billboard type of look they don’t want on Buckhead streets.

Bigbelly trash cans in Ireland. (Special)

One idea was using sponsored mural art instead of ads.

The current deal will bring Bigbellies without ads, but also without art. Instead, Bigbelly will be paid $153.42 per station per month, according to CID Executive Director Jim Durrett, while the art idea remains a possibility.
Durrett said that “there are always other approaches to consider, but to get the ball rolling we will go at it as described for now and then can modify later.”

Specific locations, timeline and other parts of the deal are yet to be worked out.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.