For more about five years now, Echo Park activist Ida Talalla has been touting the benefits of the Big Belly, a solar-powered trash can and compactor. The Big Belly can consume five times as much trash as a conventional can because it compacts trash as the container fills up. That could help reduce the sight of overflowing trash cans and litter on the streets, Talalla has said before neighborhood council meetings and in one-on-one conversations. Next Wednesday, a Big Belly will finally be installed at the northeast corner of Echo Park and Sunset Boulevard after Talalla raised funds to buy and arranged to empty out the solar-powered can, according to Echo Park Patch. The Patch story said:
Talalla also hopes the can will remind residents that overflow trash often ends up in storm drains that empty in places like the Echo Park Lake.
A Big Belly does not come cheap, some units cost about $4,000. But its bigger capacity means city crews will spend less time emptying the Big Belly compared to a typical trash can. The only question now is will the Big Belly be big enough for all that Echo Park trash?