THE CITY might have been better off keeping its old $100 wire trash baskets – and throwing away the contract to buy 710 new solar-powered trash compactors.
That’s according to the City Controller’s Office, which released a report yesterday claiming the BigBelly compactors aren’t as good a deal as city and company officials promised, and that contracting rules were broken.
The purchase of 500 compactors and 210 recycling units for more than $2.1 million from BigBelly Solar – or about $3,700 each – were meant to reduce collection costs by 70 percent.
A report from BigBelly cited by the city before the purchase said that the compactors would reduce the number of weekly collections from 17 to five.
But City Controller Alan Butkovitz said that his office monitored BigBelly compactor collections in March and April, and found that compactor collections averaged 10 a week. LINK
Sometimes when you’re right, you’re right. In this instance I have to shout out loud a great big fat “I TOLD YOU SO”!!!
The City of Philadelphia, in typical misguided liberal fashion, has bought into the global warming, cap-and-tax, environmentalist wacko, green-everything movement lock, stock and barrel. So it was no surprise when they decided to waste hundreds of thousands of scarce tax payer dollars buying solar-powered trash cans. Just what we needed. It costs a million dollars a year to keep a fire company on the street 365, 24-7 by comparison.
I proclaimed in this posting that they were not working as advertised and certainly not worth the obscene amount of money being wasted on them. Turns out I was right, as proven by the city controller who has enormous doubts about this boondoggle of pork and waste. There is no reason in the world for us to have solar powered trash cans. If the city wanted to save real money they could put solar panels on every firehouse, police station, library and any other public building that could accommodate them. That would be a good investment because government buildings typically are meant to stay in use for decades. I know most of our fire houses are at least 50 years old with some closer to one hundred.
It’s pretty ironic that the Democrat, lunatic environmentalist wackos who run our government and want everyone else to be forced into their carbon-tax schemes haven’t bothered to practice what they preach. Ask yourself why hasn’t the government made the investments that they demand of us? Maybe because it costs too much???? Duh.