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Solar-Powered Trash & Recycling Bins Installed

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(credit: City of Denton)

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Imagine trash and recycling bins that use power from the sun to compact and will give staff a 'call' to let them know when they're full. Well, if you're in the City of Denton you don't have to imagine.

This week the city installed 10 sets of the new age containers downtown, in the Main Courthouse Square.

In a press release statement Economic Development Program Administrator Julie Glover said, "I'm happy we now have a 'green' solution for downtown waste."

The new containers all feature solar panels that power an internal compactor. The solar 'fuel' means the containers won't have to be emptied as often.

The containers also have an onboard communication system that sends out a signal to let staff know when they are full.

Twelve sets of the solar-compacting containers were purchased with a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Several other solar-compacting trash containers, across Denton, have been in place for years, but the largest concentration of receptacles are now located around the downtown square – just in time for Thursday's 'Twilight Tunes' concert.

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