The new trash compactors on Fayetteville Street and Glenwood South in Raleigh are paying for themselves, and fairly quickly.
The “Big Belly” compactors were bought and installed using a federal grant, and the city is going to use more of them. The case is clear.
Because the trash is compacted, pickups are less frequent. Raleigh used to spend $53,000 a year to keep the downtown streets clean. Now the cost is $1,700. And the compactors email sanitation crews when they fill up.
That’s one reason they cost $6,000 apiece, although they’re estimated to pay for themselves in four years. The units also have attacked recycling containers, which boosts that effort.
Not all conservation movements are “big-picture.”
Helping the neighborhoods, the cities and the planet for that matter, is about a lot of individual efforts and small-scale projects such as this one adding up. It really does make a difference when we all take an extra few seconds to recycle or do a little sidewalk cleanup. A Big Belly email would agree.