2014-09-18 / Opinion

BigBelly Clarifications

Regarding the Sept. 4 article on the “BigBelly” solar trash compactors and the accompanying editorial, the City of Newport previously had 225 litter barrels. About 125 were removed to make way for 45 new BigBelly stations, leaving 100 of the older barrels in use. Under the city’s new waste contract, Waste Management empties and maintains the BigBellys while the city is responsible for upkeep of the barrels. The $250,000 in annual savings realized by the city will be derived from residential collections, which is separate from the BigBelly solar compactors.

Newport’s Clean City Coordinator Kristin Littlefield also reports that the city has ordered extra 35-gallon bins for residents who want them. Newporters who are physically unable to take out their trash can take part in the backyard collection program, where they will not have to deliver their material curbside. Waste Management will pick it up at a location of their choosing on their property.

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