Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:00 am
Crushing waste may get power from sun
EVANSVILLE – Trash compactors powered by the sun could give a boost to waste collection in a southwestern Indiana county.
Vanderburgh County is investigating whether to rent or buy four solar-powered compactors equipped with a litter container on one side and a recycling container on the other.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports the four containers could be rented for $43,000 over five years or purchased from another company for about $29,000.
Joe Ballard, the county's solid waste management director, says he plans to check manufacturers of similar devices to determine if there are cheaper alternatives.
Ballard says the solar-powered bins can hold up to 150 gallons of trash by compacting waste. That means they would require collection no more than once a week.