San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

June 11th, 2009
Trash goes solar on the square

Left to right: San Marcos City Councilman John Thomaides, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison, Main Street Manager Kelly Franks, City Manager Rick Menchaca, City Councilman Fred Terry and Assistant Director of Community Services William Ford. Photo by Don Anders.


The City of San Marcos recently placed three “BigBelly” solar powered, cordless trash compactors on and around the Courthouse Square. The compactors can crush 150 gallons of trash to a fifth of its original volume.

“We are striving to beautify the downtown square and make it convenient for customers and visitors to dispose of their trash,” said San Marcos Main Street Manager Kelly Franks.

The self-contained cans keep rats, raccoons, birds and other animals out, while preventing litter from spilling onto the street. The compactors can operate even without direct sunlight and run for a week on the energy needed to brew a single pot of coffee.

“Because they hold more, we can cut the frequency of trash collection, and reduce the diesel emissions associated with trash collection,” Franks said. “That means less greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.”

The compactors are located at North LBJ Drive near Gil’s Broiler, on LBJ near the near the San Marcos Title Company and near The Point Studio at Hopkins Street and Guadalupe Street. The location near Gil’s Broiler also has a recycling bin.

So far, the cans have been in their locations for eight weeks and have only been emptied once. City officials indicate that if the compactors are successful, more might be placed in San Marcos parks.

Email Email | Print Print


0 thoughts on “Trash goes solar on the square

  1. These are a great addition to our downtown. Thanks Council and staff for helping keep our downtown clean in a really cool way. They are also great conversation pieces for many downtown visitors.

  2. If the compactors prove worthy and the city decides to order more, let’s place one at the Hopkins Street bus stop at the HEB.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.