Thursday, July 27, 2006

the $4300 trashcan

Sure its pricey, but how long would it really take for this solar-powered self-composting trash bin to pay for itself in labor costs alone?

Imagine South Padre in the summer with no overflowing trash bins....



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do these come in commercial sizes?
Much of the island's trash problems seems to come from the commercial bins which are also unsightly and stinky. Notice sometime as you drive along Padre Blvd. Must be offensive to tourists too. Past town leaders must have had no sense of sight or smell. Maybe the new ones will do better. They tackled the trash problem at construction sites at the last town meeting. Maybe the rest of the open dumpsters will be next.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self "Compacting" still need emptying several times a day

7:23 AM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

Not according to the article. They create compact bricks that only need to be removed once a day.... and this is in downtown Boston.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I'm all for anything that could help with the commercial and especially condo renter waste problem. With aluminum near a buck a pound, you'd think that the establishments would want to do a little recycling, compacting, and such.

The issue with carboard is a little problematic. I read somewhere that at the last BOA there was an update that said the Town couldn't get a cardboard bailer, a type of compactor. No convincing reasons were offered.

But hey, at least we're trying some new initiatives like recycling and ... sis you see the brand new street sweeper? The dude was a little nervous driving it so I had to stop him and say "thanks!" He smiled. /Sam

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Town considered a $25,000.00 grant application for a cardboard compactor. The compactor costs more than 25K and we would still need someone to sort the cardboard and run the machine.
The Town opted to deal with a local business that has a compactor and will pick it up from the Island at no charge.
The Town will have a site where businesses and individuals can bring their cardboard where it will be sorted and held for pickup by the vendor. The Town applied for the grant to pay a person to do the sorting and handle the cardboard when it comes in. Much like the recycling service we currently have, only more often.
Seems like a much better solution than buying a machine that would have to be housed and maintained.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Hey that is neat - thanks for the update. Anyway, the message I got seemed foggy and the good word needs to get out ... there sure seems like a bunch of regular ole corrugated cardboard on the Island for some reason. Please forgive me, but "thinking outside the box" seemed to really work on that one! Sam

10:21 PM  

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