Cans will actually compact trash, sanitation official says
A city of New Orleans sanitation official told the City Council Friday the city plans to expand the use of solar-powered litter cans.
Cynthia Sylvain-Lear said these cans will actually compact the trash. The city tested cans in the French Quarter.
"We actually had two cans, one across from Cafe du Monde and one at Bourbon and Canal Street, and so collections went from 14 times a week to 3.5."
"There was no overflowing trash from the cans. It's a sealed unit, so the odors were reduced. They have a 10-year life, they have low operating cost on an annual basis."
Sylvain-Lear says the city plans to put them initially in the CBD and the French Quarter.
The council heard about the cans during a hearing on the sanitation department's proposed 2013 budget.