While the amount of garbage Sitka ships out of town won’t be getting smaller anytime soon, the amount of space it takes up will be shrinking. The city installed a new solid waste compactor earlier this summer, and the $3 million dollar machine is finally up and running. The huge machine is eerily reminiscent of a famous movie compactor, and might be a new hope for putting the squeeze on Sitka’s high garbage bills.
After months of negotiations, Sitka’s garbage shipping problem is finally coming to a head. When the Sitka Assembly met on Tuesday, it tentatively approved $3 million in funding for a compactor, but some Assembly members were concerned that the loan city staff want to use to pay for the equipment isn’t what the money is meant for.
When the Sitka Assembly meets tonight (10-26-21), it will consider purchasing a $3 million dollar solid waste compactor that would compact Sitka’s garbage into “bails” to reduce the risk of shipping fires at sea. Read More