SAN ANTONIO (July 31, 2014)—At a news conference held today, the City of San Antonio, in partnership with Centro San Antonio and Alcoa Foundation, announced the addition of 11 new BigBelly solar-powered waste and recycling stations to four City of San Antonio parks.
“This is a perfect example of how private and public sectors can work together to improve our city,” said Pat DiGiovanni, president and CEO of Centro San Antonio. “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Alcoa Foundation and our city partners on bringing this recycling solution for creating cleaner and greener public spaces.”
Alcoa Foundation granted Centro San Antonio $75,500 to purchase 11 Big Belly units that will be placed at Brackenridge, Lions Field, Madison Square and Maverick parks. The BigBelly units have two sections− one for recycling and one for garbage. These environmentally-friendly receptacles use solar energy to compact trash, are more sanitary than regular trash receptacles and require fewer pick-ups.
“Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation are committed to increasing public space recycling,” said Tricia Napor, Director of Alcoa Foundation’s Environmental Programs. “BigBelly Solar Compactors provide a unique opportunity to generate awareness about recycling and increase access while reducing costs and improving efficiency for the City of San Antonio.”
The high-tech stations channel solar energy to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent and hold five times the capacity of traditional park trash receptacles. These stations can be remotely monitored to enable City staff to send out collection personnel only when they are full, thus optimizing use of staff and vehicle resources.
“Solar compactors are one way the City of San Antonio is working toward improving environmental quality and reducing energy consumption,” said Douglas Melnick, the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Alcoa Foundation’s grant will help the entire community maintain our City’s parks and encourage park visitors to be environmentally-conscious when recreating in these facilities.”
The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department currently operates 10 solar-powered trash and recycling compactors within multiple City parks. For more information, contact Douglas Melnick at 210-207-6103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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