Tracy’s talking trash (in a green way)

One of Tracy's new garbage compactors sits along Clover Road east of Tracy Blvd.   CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

One of Tracy’s new garbage compactors sits along Clover Road east of Tracy Blvd. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

TRACY — Trash is going high-tech in Tracy.

At least the collection of it is.

The city has a new pilot program of using “Big Belly” solar trash and recyclable compactors. It purchased six of the units through CalRecycle funds, which are distributed to cities to help promote recycling efforts.

Two of the solar-powered compactors have already been installed, and four more will be placed around the city.

The containers have smart software that alerts the service provider when the bins are ready to be emptied. It likely means fewer trips from the service provider, cutting down on personnel and gas costs to haul away the containers’ contents.

If the city sees enough benefit from the smart bins, it will look at getting more.

One of the units is found on Sycamore Parkway along the walking path just north of Allegheny Street, according to the Public Works Department. The other is next to the bus stop on Clover Road in front of Fountain Plaza.

 

Source: The Record
http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150203/NEWS/150209941/101089/A_NEWS