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[GreenYes] two thumbs up in Baltimore RE: [GreenYes] Big Belly trash compactors

I can't offer any feedback as to how they do or don't work. 
But I have seen them at Inner Harbor in Baltimore and am very pleased with what I see.  In fact back before they had them I've noticed occasional trash cans overflowing and was subsequently disappointed with the result of anymore litter hitting the ground/water.  I have noticed on recent visits that the ground and the water are cleaner, and I think these Big Belly's are helping.  The litter collecting trash net which catches the trash that isn't supposed to be going down the storm drains is also helping.  Definitely worth the investment not only for a cleaner environment, but much improvement to the image of the harbor, keeping it cleaner.
I am disappointed at the lack of recycling at the harbor.  But hey, no different than most other public areas where recycling isn't happening.  At least they've tackled the first problem: reducing/eliminating the litter.  Hate to say it but it almost seems like public area recycling is a lost cause, and personally I'd rather see that emphasis be on bottle bills.
Steve Weisser
Stephen N. Weisser, Sales Manager
GreenLine Paper Company, Inc.
631 S. Pine Street
York, PA 17403
Close the loop: recycling works when we buy recycled.

From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf Of Brenda Platt
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 11:11 AM
To: GreenYes digest subscribers
Subject: [GreenYes] Big Belly trash compactors

Hi all,

Is anyone familiar with
Seahorse Power's "Big Belly" solar-powered trash compactors?

They are being sold as a green alternative to solid waste disposal that saves space by compacting, eliminates odor and pests, and reduces collection costs.  Boston has bought a bunch of them and now Lowell is considering doing the same.

I am particularly interested if anyone knows if they've been introduced with recycling or composting.

Thanks in advance.



Brenda Platt
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
927 15th Street, NW, 4th Fl
Washington, DC  20005
202-898-1610 ext. 230

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