Picking the right can for the job
January 22, 2007
With downtown Truckees weather, historic setting and tourist draw, even trash cans require special consideration.The Town of Truckee has put out a request for the design, manufacturing, and installation of 35 trash and recycling receptacles throughout the downtown area. Proposals for design and planning are due Jan. 31, with hopes to have the new containers ready for the summer.Truckee Recycling Coordinator Nichole Dorr said the new bins are necessary to promote recycling.There is not really any recycling downtown, Dorr said. We recycle with blue bags, and when snow and water get into the blue bags it makes it impossible. Former Mayor Beth Ingalls said the towns recycling program was one of her top priorities, and having proper recycling downtown is a key element of that program.Good facilities in the downtown area would make recycling high-profile, Ingalls said, keeping the program in the publics eye.The recycling rate up here is high but we cant slack off. Ingalls said.Dorr said the current cans are top-loading, which means snow and water can get inside, making waste harder to remove.Im looking for side-access to service the barrels, and side-loading to keep out the snow, Dorr said.The containers will also have to meet historic standards for the downtown area, Dorr said.The aesthetics need to be somewhat historically appropriate, Dorr said. But its hard to say because in the 1850s you didnt see recycling there is no authentic design.This may mean unpainted wood siding, weathered-metal, or some combination of the two, Dorr said.The project is being funded by a $75,000 grant from the Department of Conservation, Dorr said, which will also be used to pay for public outreach and recycling programs for local schools and businesses.The proposals will be considered at a Citizens Waste Management Advisory Committee meeting Friday, Feb. 2, then go to town council for final approval on April 4, Dorr said, with the receptacles in place by July 4 for the parade.