One of my favorite cities in California is Long Beach, home of the Queen Mary. As a travelling sales rep and Long Beach was a part of my territory, I have watched it evolve from a pretty scary place to a hip and trendy downtown, beautiful beaches and an active community. Long Beach has evolved into a pretty eco friendly community as well.
Longs Beach’s first solar trash cans have hit the city as part of a pilot program which will hopefully save our cash strapped communities money and encourage people to recycle more.
According to Everything Long Beach the solar powered trash bins will save money:
Both a trash compactor and collection unit which squeezes refuse to just 20 percent of its normal volume. The containers, which have the same blueprint as regular trash cans but can compact about 150 gallons of trash into a 32-gallon bin, are expected to reduce costs by requiring fewer trash collections and maintenance.
In addition to reducing waste and greenhouse gases, the solar trash bins will increase recycling rates and boost conservation efforts throughout Long Beach. The bins come side-by-side with recycling units to collect bottle, can and paper for recycling.
“We believe these solar trash cans are successful tools to harness the power of the sun and look at collecting trash and recycling in a whole new light,” said Keith Schneringer, Marketing Manager of WAXIE Sanitary Supply, the company that installed the solar trash cans and will maintain them during the pilot project.
I hope it works and we can get these in San Diego, especially on our beaches, whose trash cans are overflowing and the overflow get washed into the ocean and storm drains.