Solar bins trashed

Ladysmith decides not to proceed with project

The solar-powered trash compactors have been removed from First Avenue.


The bins were part of a pilot project the town has decided not to proceed with, said Mayor Rob Hutchins.


While the bins were effective and performed well, they sent the wrong message about waste, Hutchins added.


“The solar idea was good, … but it’s in opposition to our efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse.”


The town, he said, will be better served with recycling and organic collection bins around town.

“Instead of one large garbage container.”


“So we decided not to proceed.”


Hutchins said he is hoping council will look at the new bins during the next budget process.


The decals depicting historical Ladysmith scenes were easily peeled off the cans when they were returned, he said.