Solar Trash Compactors To Help Reduce City Expenses

  Delray Beach became the first city in Palm Beach County to install four solar powered trash compactors in three of its largest and most utilized parks: Pompey Park, Seacrest Soccer Complex & Miller Park. This new technology, which uses renewable (i.e., solar) energy, has helped turn city parks into eco-friendly zones while decreasing fuel consumption and energy costs. Powered by the sun, the compactors reduce greenhouse gas emissions, require fewer trash bags and only need to be emptied once every 15 days. Funding for the purchase of the solar compactors was provided entirely through the city’s current Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Franchise Agreement with Waste Management at no cost to taxpayers. Six additional solar compactors will be installed at Veterans Park. The project is expected to save the city an estimated $15,000 per year and approximately three tons of CO2. Future plans include the installation of two solar compactors near the beach and one along Atlantic Avenue.