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.