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Ridgeland introduces solar-powered recycling bins

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The bins cost $5,000 each and were paid for through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The bins cost $5,000 each and were paid for through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Recycling has reached a new level in the City of Ridgeland.

The city already has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the state. Now it has purchased five solar-powered trash compactors for recyclable products. Four of them are located at Freedom Ridge Park. One is near the multi-use trail.

A small indicator light on the compactor flashes green until it's full of cans, plastic and paper. When the light turns red, the waste product inside is automatically crushed down by solar power. City employees are notified online when the compactor is full. Then, Waste Management is dispatched to empty the bin.

Mayor Gene McGee says it's a great addition to the city's curbside recycling program, through which residents can earn points to use for products and services.

Mayor McGee says the city makes no money off recycling. 

"We actually have to pay Waste Management to pick up. It's not a profit making thing, recycling's not, just like garbage isn't. We basically charge what it costs the city to do it," he says.

"We're conservationists. We want to be able to do things that save product and not just throw away," he adds. "We think this is important, not only for the environment today but for the future of our families."

The bins cost $5,000 each and were paid for through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. 

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