Apr 16, 2024 - News

Downtown Raleigh pilots new waste collection effort

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The downtown Raleigh skyline. Photo: Visit Raleigh

Tired of dodging those bulky trash and recycling bins on Raleigh's sidewalks? The city is piloting a high-capacity, above-ground waste collection system to collect mixed recyclables and flattened cardboard.

Two new oversized containers known as TRAC bins — for trash, recycling and cardboard — will roll out April 17, according to a memo from the city this week.

Why it matters: Downtown Raleigh doesn't have sufficient alley space for waste collection.

  • As a result, according to the city, "many of our sidewalks are currently lined with 95-gallon rolling solid waste carts that impact sidewalk access, have an offensive odor, and are unsightly."

Between the lines: The bins will be housed in a corral in converted parking spaces. Find them in the 100 block of E. Martin St. between Wilmington and Blount streets.

  • They'll have a 522.5-gallon capacity, equivalent to five-and-a-half solid waste carts.
  • Phase one of the pilot will operate for 30 days. To start, chef Ashley Christensen's businesses Beasley's and Fox Liquor Bar will use the new system.

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