A BigBelly is an enclosed litter basket that often includes a recycling station. The Department of Streets installs BigBelly units on commercial corridors in high pedestrian areas to:
- Help reduce litter.
- Provide access to public recycling.
Advertisements on BigBelly units help fund the program. In 2019, City Council approved a long-term concession contract with Green City Solutions. The contractor sells advertising on BigBelly units in exchange for buying 350 new BigBellies and providing cleaning services.
Some BigBelly units are wrapped in original artwork. The Department of Streets partners with Mural Arts Philadelphia to develop and install these designs.