Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Finally, Public Recycling!
Philadelphia's Streets Department will be installing 500 "Big-Belly" solar-powered trash receptacles around Center City, from South Street to Spring Garden, and down Broad Street to Washington Avenue. The new receptacles are funded by a DEP grant, and will replace all of the existing wire mesh trash cans.
The biggest advantage for the City is that these new receptacles only need to be emptied twice a week (as opposed to the once or twice a day needed for the standard public trash cans). The compacting mechanism that makes them so efficient is completely solar-powered. The City has been testing out a few of these around town (the one's I've seen are at 7th & Chestnut and 15th & Walnut).
Additionally, many of these receptacles will be accompanied by public recycling bins (!). I've heard plenty of Philadelphians bemoan the fact that we don't have public recycling on our streets. Well, we will soon. Recycling was a big priority item for Mayor Nutter as he campaigned; between introducing weekly single-stream recycling and this effort to put recycling bins on public streets, his administration is truly tackling it.
So, let's give credit where it's due: Good job Mayor Nutter! Good job Streets Department!
Posted by Greg Heller