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Clearwater Introduces Solar Powered Trash Compactors and Public Space Recycling

8/21/2013 9:15:16 AM

Contact: Kattrina Miller, 562-4933

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 21, 2013

Contact: Kattrina Miller

(727) 562-4933

Clearwater Introduces Solar Powered Trash Compactors and Public Space Recycling

Clearwater, Fla. - The City of Clearwater Solid Waste Department has begun installing thirty-four, Big Belly Solar and Smart Belly Combination kiosks in highly visible areas of the downtown corridor and the beach. The two-station kiosks consist of one solar compactor for trash and litter and one recycling station.

The kiosks will be the first public space recycling offered by the city. The stations will provide patrons to downtown and the beach the opportunity to save valuable resources and reduce waste. Recyclables accepted are plastics #1-7, glass, mixed paper, newspaper, aluminum and steel cans.

The kiosks get 100 percent of their energy from the sun and should help keep Clearwater streets and sidewalks clean. The litter containers compact trash when necessary, providing a compaction ratio of approximately 3 to 1. The new system allows for remote monitoring and data reporting to help reduce labor and fuel costs by decreasing the number of collections required.

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