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A UNLV green initiative aims to green up trash

September 06, 2011
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LAS VEGAS — Two Southern Nevada entities claim to have found a way to ease the environmental effects of trash, according to The Chronicle.

Clark County''s waste management franchisee, Republic Services, together with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), have installed Southern Nevada''s first solar-powered trash compactor, the article stated.

According to the article, the compactor is designed to go easy on both the planet and on UNLV''s budget.

"The installation of the solar compactors will reduce the overall carbon footprint for the university while conserving energy usage," Joe Burkel, president of Republic Services of Southern Nevada.

Facilities and maintenance officials at UNLV say the compactor will save money on more than just electricity, the article noted.

The new compactor is equipped with software that alerts waste management when it is full, allowing the company to only schedule pickup when necessary, the article added.

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