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Firm’s solar trash compactor gains support at UNLV
by Tribune Staff
Sep 06, 2011 | 387 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County’s waste management contractor and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have teamed up to find a way to go green while treating trash.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Republic Services of Southern Nevada has installed the Las Vegas-area’s first solar-powered trash compactor at UNLV.

Officials say the compactor will conserve energy and save money.

The device is built by Alabama-based Marathon Equipment Co.

It’s designed to operate on solar power more than 85 percent of the time. The rest of the time, it runs on regular electricity.

It’s even got software that reports when it’s full, so Republic only has to schedule pickups when needed.

Officials say that’ll cut the number of pickups and could save the university $2,500 per month.
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