The city of Forest Park is using Solar Powered trash compactors in its efforts to Go Green. The new trash compactors sends e-mail messages when it needs to be changed.
FOREST PARK — The City of Forest Park now has five “talking” trash cans that cost $25,000 in grant monies.
Forest Park is continuing its efforts to go green by using new solar-powered trash compactors that send e-mail notifications when they’re full.
Waste Management recently provided five solar-powered trash compactor units with attached recycle receptacles to the City of Forest Park. Waste Management, along with the help of the City’s Public Works Department, installed the units in the city’s parks.
Four of the new compactors are located in Starr Park. The other is in Fountain Park on Main Street, at College Street.
The idea behind the compactors is to use renewable energy, turning public spaces into clean, eco-friendly zones, according to Forest Park Public Works Director Mike Gippert.
Gippert said each solar-powered trash compactor unit costs approximately $5,000.
“These units will also offer citizens another option to participate in the city’s new Single Stream Recycle program while they are in the city parks,” Gippert said. “Each unit will hold up to five times as much refuse as a 35-gallon trash container and uses smart technology to signal when it’s ready to be emptied. These compactors can reduce the number of collection trips and in turn means saving in fuel and labor cost to the City of Forest Park. ... Because it notifies us by e-mail when it is full, we use less manpower in changing or checking on them. We just wanted encourage people to recycle, because it is the sustainable and green thing to do.”
The public works director said the city is applying for future grants to acquire additional solar compactors.
“We will be getting as many as we can by using grant money,” Gippert said. “We would like to add five to 10 more in Forest Park.”