Friday, May 30, 2008

"Trash talk" #1

Michael J. Devaney, Manager of the Bureau of Solid Waste and Recycling, is conducting an anti-litter crusade through increased placement of downtown trash receptacles.

The new trash receptacles are not just placed on the street corners. To Devaney, there is a much better way.

"I've actually watched people," Devaney says. "And I know where they will drop their trash. It's about 25 steps from the source."

Therefore, trash cans are strategically placed close to what creates the city's trash, such as a restaurant or convenience store.

Lancasterians with sharp eyesight will notice subtle changes. Those older, wire trash receptacles have been replaced with newer, streetscape-compatible units. The new trash cans cost $800.

The old units are currently being refurbished, and will soon be installed in other sections of the city.