“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Its pretty bad that people drive all of the way out here and disrespect this land," Ryan Fritz says. "I do not think they care, and that’s why. That’s why i don’t think to highly of them. If they cant think clearly then why would they you know?" If you don’t think, according to the Kern County Parks and Recreation, you could receive a hefty fine. Here’s a list of places where you can *legally* dump your trash and unwanted belongings around hart park that won’t get you that citation in the mail. Waste Management Dept. Kern County Landfills Kern County Special Waste Valley Garbage Waste. (KERO 23ABC News)
Do these high-tech gizmos open their lids automatically? Spritz the air around them with floral-scented deodorizer? Shoo away seagulls, squirrels and bees? Given their hefty price tag of $5,000 apiece, shouldn't these garbage receptacles perhaps also serve as free Wi-Fi hot spots? WTF? In fact, the 21st-century "smart bins" are reducing the Queen City's carbon footprint, saving its maintenance staff time and money, and keeping parks, sidewalks and the waterfront cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing and free of pests (other than the human kind). Jesse Bridges is the director and harbormaster at Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. As he explains, the department purchased its first two smart bins in 2013 as part of a pilot project in City Hall Park to test the technology of the Bigbelly waste and recycling system. Manufactured by Needham, Mass.-based company Bigbelly, these smart bins use solar power to drive an internal trash compactor, which increases the units' capacity as much as fivefold. The problem with the old open-top garbage cans, says Bridges, was that if someone stuffed in, say, four pizza boxes, the bin would seem full despite having extra capacity. As a consequence, trash cans would often overflow with garbage and get cross-contaminated with recyclable materials. The smart bins also address a second, information-related problem. In the past, Bridges says, his maintenance crews spent hours driving around the city to check and empty hundreds of trash barrels. Some, like those on Church Street and the waterfront, would fill up several times a day, while those in more remote areas, such as Ethan Allen Park, could go days or weeks before needing to be emptied. To make such routine checks unnecessary, each Bigbelly waste bin is outfitted with internal sensors and wireless technology. They automatically alert maintenance workers via email when the bin is nearly full — putting a whole new spin on the phrase "junk mail." The technology has demonstrated its longer-term ...