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Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Rolling Out This Week

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Collecting trash is going high-tech. We wrote in August about eventual plans to deploy solar-powered trash compactors onto Short North sidewalks, and after a delay in deployment, the city is ready to get the new equipment set up starting tomorrow.

“These new containers will reduce trash overflows in our neighborhoods and protect our environment by reducing the amount of waste we send to the landfill,” said Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.

In addition to trash compaction, the kiosks will be set up to alert trash collection crews when the unit is full and in need of a waste pickup visit, eliminating the need for unnecessary visits.

The first unit will be installed at The North Market at 8am on September 23rd. Additional compactors will be installed weather permitted at the following High Street addresses through the Short North: 59, 611, 714, 841, 1030, 1109, and 1155. The launch is being considered a pilot program, with other high-traffic neighborhoods under consideration for deployment.

“The Short North Arts District is excited to participate in this year partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Stewardship,” said Short North Alliance Director Betsy Pandora. “We think that recycling is a factor in the consumer decisions of environmentally minded people and we’re pleased that through this partnership, the Short North Arts District can help to promote its green practices.”

For ongoing discussion on recycling in Columbus, CLICK HERE to visit our Messageboard.

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