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Solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles debut in downtown Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- In another effort to make Louisville Metro greener, the city has unveiled solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles that will be installed on several downtown streets.

The receptacles are compactors and they can hold five times the capacity of regular waste containers.  That's supposed to translate to fewer collection trips, savings in fuel, and fewer man hours.  They can operate even on cloudy days or at night.

"As we focus on being the most sustainable city in the country, initiatives like this will not only keep our streets cleaner but greener as well," Fischer said in a news release. "The solar-powered compactors provide our community with many economic, social and environmental benefits."

The city's contract with Waste Management gives it 12 compactors, and the Downtown Development Corporation bought 16 more.  At first, the compactors will be placed along Main, Market, and Fourth Streets.  They will replace old trash cans. 

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