Who’s paying for the new high-tech trash containers I’ve seen at some of our schools?
“The school district pays a monthly usage fee to the city of Lawrence for the trash compactors, which comply with solid waste industry standards for large institutions needing to restrict access to trash,” said Tom Bracciano, the district’s division director of operations and facilities planning. “Licensed electricians connect power to the units, which are safer for our schools to use than the former open-top Dumpsters. Our district will realize cost savings by reducing the frequency of trash pickup. For example, the two high schools have reduced pickup times to once every three weeks instead of five to six times per week with the former Dumpsters.”