On The Move
Five Points Association Installs Second Public Recycling and Solar-Powered Trash Compactor
Jul 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, SC - July 13, 2012 – The Five Points Association is continuing its efforts in providing increased recycling opportunities to its patrons this week. On Thursday July 12 the Five Points Association (FPA) and the City of Columbia installed a second Waste Management recycling and solar-powered trash compacting unit on Harden Street, in front of Swirl, a frozen yogurt and bubble tea shop located at 631 Harden. Waste Management donated the first unit to the city and through the close relationship between Public Works and the FPA, the city chose Five Points as the location for a pilot program. As a result of the success seen with the first unit, including a high volume of usage and low contamination within the recycling portion, the city has selected Five Points to receive a second unit and continue its efforts in becoming environmentally friendly.
The recycling units accept plastic and aluminum only, but patrons of Five Points can deposit their trash into the solar-powered trash compactor on the ride side of the unit. The city will be responsible for emptying the unit and will do so on their regular trash collecting and recycling collecting routes.
“We are seeing great success with this program, people are using the unit and even without a corresponding education component, we are seeing very low contamination” says John Hooks, Solid Waste Director for the City of Columbia. “The trash compactor feature of the unit allows for greater capacity and with that, more efficient trash collection.”
The FPA is excited for the opportunity to be the home of two innovative units from Waste Management and to lead efforts across the city for offering public recycling options to their patrons. Recognizing the public’s desire to see more recycling efforts, the FPA will continue efforts in making Five Points greener.