Scenic Drive Puts on a Big Belly From Trash

Project Funded Through a Federal Energy-Related Grant

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:14pm

EL PASO — The Sun City's Scenic Drive area will now have 20 BigBelly bins installed throughout the neighborhood thanks to a federal energy-related grant. BigBelly bins are solar-powered trash compacting bins that wil replace 18 trash bins in the area for public use.

The project is funded through an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant made possible by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The BigBelly trash bins are about the same size as the City’s green rod-iron trash bin but have about five times their capacity because they use solar power to compact trash.

“This is an extension of the community efforts to beautify Scenic Drive. We now have substantially more capacity for trash disposal. This is great for the environment and also saves money by reducing operating costs,” General Services Director Stuart Ed said.

The solar-powered bins also have an electronic notification system that transmits a message when they are full. This technology allows the City to significantly reduce its collection frequency for trash along Scenic Drive.

Currently, the public trash bins along Scenic Drive are collected once per day, seven days per week.

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