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For more information contact:
Tonja M. Brickhouse, Solid Waste Director
(813) 348-1151
City of Tampa Gets Greener with Solar-Powered Compactors
Tampa, FL December 2, 2010 - Solar compactors are improving the environment in major cities across the country and now Tampa has joined the list with a new pilot program. The City of Tampa Solid Waste Department has installed four solar-powered trash compactors and two solar-powered recycling compactors in downtown Tampa along Franklin Street.

The new compactors hold approximately five times as much waste and recyclables as a regular bin of the same size. The compactors, which require fewer collection pickups, will save money and help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. They have a wireless communication system that track the amount of waste and recyclables in each bin indicating when they need to be emptied.

These new compactors are a part of the City’s green initiatives for downtown. Other initiatives for the downtown area include recycling receptacles; on-street, solar-powered parking pay stations; reclaimed water for irrigation in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and filtered, re-circulated water for its two fountains. Additionally, conventional electrical lighting has been upgraded to high-efficiency induction lighting in four municipal parking garages in the downtown core.

For more information please contact Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Director Tonja Brickhouse at 813-341-1151, or via email at tonja.brickhouse@tampagov.net. For information on green initiatives contact City of Tampa Green Officer Thom Snelling at (813) 274-7575.

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