PHOTO by DON ANDERS
City officials stand near one of three new solar-powered trash compactors installed as a pilot program downtown. Pictured left to right are city council member John Thomaides, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, assistant city manager Collette Jamison, Main Street program director Kelly Franks, City Manager Rick Menchaca, council member Fred Terry and community services assistant director William Ford.
The city of San Marcos has installed three solar-powered trash compactors downtown as a pilot program that may be expanded to the city’s park system.
The “BigBelly” compactors can crush 150 gallons of trash to a fifth of their original volume. The compactors have emptied only once since they were installed eight weeks ago.
“We are striving to beautify the downtown square and make it convenient for customers and visitors to dispose of their trash,” said Kelly Franks, the Main Street program manager.
Franks said they can function for a week on the same amount of energy used to make a pot of coffee and are operational even without direct sunlight.
“Because they hold more, we can cut the frequency of trash collection, and reduce the diesel emissions associated with trash collection,” Franks added. “That means less greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.”
They are located on North Lyndon B. Johnson Drive near Gil’s Broiler, on LBJ near San Marcos Title Company and at the corner of Hopkins and Guadalupe streets near the Point Studio.Email | Print