Initially funded by the We Mean Green Fund, the BigBelly recycling bin project served as a solution to the issue of UNT staff spending significant time and energy on outdoor waste and recycling collection operations to maintain a clean, comfortable, and sustainable campus environment. By purchasing 50 BigBelly trash and recycling bins to replace conventional bins in key campus areas, UNT turned to waste and recycling collections into a more efficient operation, encouraged more environmentally sustainable practices across campus, and yielded immediate operational savings. The BigBelly receptacles have a solar compactor that helps reduce the frequency staff need to empty the bins. The receptacles also have software that alerts staff when the bins need to be tended. Because the bins contain disposed waste items in an enclosed space, trash is less likely to escape the bins preventing litter from blowing across campus.
This project was initially proposed in 2014 with the support of UNT Facilities. This project was implemented during the 2015 fiscal year.