Tuesday, August 21, 2007
$4,300 Trash Cans - A Pagan Tax On Believers and Non-Believers Alike
Solar-power compactors press the mess in Boston
They're boxy and green and, at first glance, don't even look like garbage cans; as Mayor Thomas M. Menino demonstrated their use yesterday, some people downtown mistook them for mail drops or traffic-light switch boxes.
They are Menino's latest idea for keeping the city litter-free: solar-powered, self-compacting trash receptacles. Delivering a rant about overstuffed trash cans, while trying to scrape gum off the bottom of his shoe at a Downtown Crossing unveiling, Menino described the virtues of the new devices. They need emptying only once or twice a day, not the 15 or more sanitation worker visits required by some downtown trash cans. They don't spill. They smell less. And, they hold some 150 gallons of trash, about five times more than a standard city receptacle.
Developed by a Jamaica Plain inventor, they are powered by photoelectric panels, which supply power to motor-driven compactors inside. Workers extract neat, 40-pound trash bricks instead of trying to manhandle the messy contents of an overflowing can.
"I think they're great," Menino said.
The city has placed 50 of the $4,300 machines in neighborhoods and hopes to buy more as it gauges how much it can save in labor costs.
The 4-foot-tall containers announce "TRASH" in four places and feature several images of a person tossing an item into a can. Even so, some passersby cast quizzical looks yesterday at the machines, which could easily be mistaken for drop boxes for library books or postal packages.
The town of Natick apparently has a solar powered trash compactor that cost $500,000. Turns out, it's a good place to exercise patriotic dissent and set Memorial Day flags on fire.
BOSTON -- Natick police said they were searching for whomever stuffed decorative American flags in trash receptacles around the town square and set them on fire.
The burning flags were in a solar-powered trash compactor, which is valued at about $500,000.
These Earth-worshipping pagans have essentially ruined the color green - so much so that I have seriously thought about pulling the green crayon out of my son's crayola box.