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Former Landfill Continues Transition From Brown to Green



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sutter's Landing Park will soon be home to a solar-powered trash compactor and recycling unit.    

Justin Caporusso with Waste Management says the company put up $200,000 in grants for waste-reduction and environmentally-friendly projects.  The proposal for a high-tech trash bin at Sutter's Landing Park was one of the winners. 

CAPORUSSO: "They are powered by the sun, so they don't take any energy from the grid.And, they come accompanied with a recycling unit so that you can have single-stream recycling that is in an enclosed  space and won't be rifled through and can actually help to divert some of those materials from being thrown into the traditional waste stream."  

The unit is a new version of a model made by the company, Big Belly.  It is graffiti resistant and allows the city to sell ad space on the side panels. 
 
Caporusso says garbage will be compressed an average of three times before the unit must be emptied.  Sutter's Landing is the former site of the 28th street landfill.
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