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Bigbelly or Big Problem?

Posted by John Hathorn on March 8, 2017
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By now you must have noticed the new Bigbelly solar bins that were installed about a year ago on Montana Avenue. A good idea but there are some serious flaws.  In order to throw your trash away you must use the handle. Now I’m not one of those Purell toting germaphobes but if I can easily avoid touching handles as groady as these, I do. The second thing is the smell, no joke, block after block, these babies stink! At times it’s overwhelming. If it’s that bad walking by, imagine what hits you when you pull that dirty handle to open the receptacle. I’m grateful for less liter and pest problems, but surprised that the design doesn’t appeal to the average person using it.

The City of Santa Monica did a trial run on Main Street before purchasing for high pedestrian traffic areas. They discovered that rather than collecting trash daily, the need for service dropped to just three times a week. Not to mention, less trash on the sidewalks and streets from overflowing open receptacles. Eventually they will replace 20 receptacles a year over a period of five years. Per the purchase order, the cost and service fees are approximately $145,000 per year. Bigbelly Solar Company is the only company that manufactures such a receptacle. Their technology is spectacular; one compacted trash can holds five times the amount of trash. It includes a solar sensor that automatically crushes the waste, even better – it will send a signal to the sanitation department when it is full and ready to be collected. Overall pollution is decreased and time is saved by the City not having to schedule and send gas guzzling vehicles daily to collect trash.

If they could find a way to deodorize the bins and keep the handles clean these things would be a home run.


There are no new listings and no new sales this period.

One closed sale to report

 454 14th Street– 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, listed at $2,949,000. Sold for a whopping $3,600,000 and was only on the market for 8 days!


Call me for a couple of upcoming attractions that are not yet listed in the MLS, priced from $1.9 million to $16 million. And….here are a few that we have listed in the MLS:

1024 Palisades Beach Road – 5 bedrooms and 7.5 baths $9,250,000

323 Adelaide Drive – 4 bedrooms and 6 baths $6,750,000

920 Alta Avenue – 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths $6,595,000

1338 Longworth Drive – 5 bedrooms and 7.5 baths $6,395,000

335 16th Street – 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, $2,995,000

1023 S. Bundy Drive – 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths $2,049,000

1616 Granville Avenue #102 – 2 bedrooms, 2 baths $675,000



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