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Bigbelly Smart Trash Can in the Tenderloin

Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) is implementing a comprehensive approach by creating the kind of public trash receptacle program that this thriving city center deserves. In all, the Tenderloin will see a saturation of 68 new, durable, and artfully decorated Bigbelly stations, with at least one station per intersection, sending a clear and impactful message that trash belongs in receptacles and greatly improving sidewalk cleanliness.

Finalize layout design mockups for Big Belly Smart Trash Cans

San Francisco to Install Bigbelly 'Smart' Trash Cans at Nearly Every Tenderloin District Intersection. The Bigbelly cans will also be decorated with art, through a project with the city's Transgender District, featuring work by local artists.


The Tenderloin has been significantly underserved with regard to public trash receptacles compared to similar dense urban neighborhoods around the country. Furthermore, people experiencing extreme poverty or severe mental health and substance abuse disorders, coupled with uninspiring and inefficient trash receptacle designs, leads to receptacles often overflowing or being consistently rummaged through. The trash dumped from receptacles onto the sidewalks has deeply negative impacts on Tenderloin residents and visitors and also drains sidewalk- cleaning resources throughout the City.

A Commitment to Community: Smart & Beautiful

Big Belly Front Panel ( 8.85 x 27.25 inches)


Big Belly Side 1 Panel (45.7 x 26.7 inches)

“I’m originally from Thailand and I have lived in the Tenderloin for 13 years. I see the beauty of the buildings we walk past all the time and we are in a hurry and don’t look up and appreciate them. My art is a friendly reminder that we live in a beautiful neighborhood. If you spend a little more time here you might see what I see.”  -- Tan Sirinumas


Big Belly Side 2 Panel, (45.7 x 26.7 inches)


Big Belly Rear Panel (48.85 x 27.55 inches)

Tenderloin's Bigbelly deployment not only aimed to set an example for quality of life in San Francisco; the Bigbelly stations also serve as touchpoint for artistic expression and community pride. In a collaborative project with the city's Transgender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (TLGB) District, Tenderloin created several unique designs to be featured on Bigbelly stations.  These decorated Bigbellies are not only meant to be visually appealing, they create a beautiful atmosphere and a sense of place. Community-supported and functional urban art serves as a way to make the community feel at home, hosted by powerful smart city technology.


San Francisco to Install Bigbelly ‘Smart’ Trash Cans at Nearly Every Tenderloin District Intersection 

(Image credit: Bigbelly Blog)

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