Solar Trash and Recycling Compactors Debut At Local Parks


Four local parks recently received new green solarpowered trash and recycling compactors. The 11 compactors were purchased by the city’s Office of Sustainability with the help of a $75,500 grant from the Alcoa Foundation. As the compactors fill up, they regularly compact their contents.

Once they’re completely full, they send a wireless signal for pick-up. On average, the new compactors can hold about five times more trash than a normal trash receptacle, which means fewer waste pick-ups and less vehicle emissions.

The new compactors can be found at Madison Square, Brackenridge, Maverick and Lions Field parks.

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