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City of Ames
(March 13, 2012 - 2 p.m.) As part of its commitment to implementing energy-efficient solutions, the City of Ames will be installing two solar-powered trash compactors at pocket parks located in Campustown and downtown Ames. Compacted trash, like all garbage in Ames, will be taken to the Resource Recovery Plant for processing into fuel for the Ames Power Plant. Ten percent of the fuel used at the Ames Power Plant is derived from processed trash.
On Wednesday, a BigBelly Solar intelligent waste and recycling collection system will be installed in Campustown Court, at the corner of Welch Avenue and Chamberlain Street, and in Tom Evans Park, at Main Street and Burnett Avenue. The compactor looks like a large trash can, but can hold many more times the waste of a conventional receptacle. The compaction process is solar powered, and fewer trash collection visits mean lower costs, less pollution, and less congestion.
“When Iowa State University began placing these on campus, we talked with ISU officials about their experience. Then we began looking at places around the city where this type of product would work well,” said Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Carroll. “We are excited to offer these compactors in high-traffic areas, and we think residents will appreciate the increased efficiency.”
The BigBelly systems will alert City staff through wireless technology when the compactor needs to be emptied.
Each unit costs just under $5,000.