Downtown Wichita Falls is "going green". Four Big Belly recycling bins will be placed on the streets of downtown.
These aren't your normal recycling bins, they're solar powered and can compact trash. The recycling bin and trash set can compact more trash and recycled material than what the city could do on a regular basis.
Through a $25,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation, Downtown Wichita Falls Development purchased four sets of side by side bins. One is located right outside the Farmer's Market, another is across the street at the Zales Building, another is at the Wichita Theater on Indiana and the final bin is on 8th Street by the 8th Street Coffee House.
"We have worked so hard the last several years. One of the things our property and business owners said over the last several years was that we didn't have any trash cans down here, so Downtown Wichita Falls Development along with the property owners purchased trash cans to be put on various street corners to help with the cleanliness and the convenience for the people who are down here," said Laney.
A few steps away from the bin outside of the Farmer's Market is Connect Parking Shipping. Owner, Kim Galan is excited about the new "green" bins.
"We've got a lot of people that walk by and there's no trash cans on the street, so we end up with a lot of bottles and napkins set on our boxes that we have out here," said Galan.
"We hardly put anything in the dumpster for the trash. We recycle all of the boxes that come through here. I'm really excited that they put trash cans out and if there is a place to recycle plastic bottles, they'll use that. It will keep downtown cleaner," said Galan.
The recycling bins and trash sets were set in place Wednesday morning.
These bins are expected to collect five times more waste than any standard waste bin.