2005-04-22 / Community

Pheffer, LIPA Join To Bring “Big Belly” To Rockaway

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has joined with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaway’s to bring a new and innovative initiative for the Rockaway community. LIPA, whose service area includes Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway peninsula, has chosen the peninsula to be the first recipient of this pilot program.

LIPA president Richard Kessel contacted Assemblywoman Pheffer with the prospect of accepting their gift of two Solar Powered Trash Compactor Bins for the community, according to a Pheffer spokesperson.

These bins, called the “Big Belly” will be a pilot program designed to help reduce the amount of waste and the need for frequent pickups. The photovoltaic receptacles are fully enclosed solar powered trash compactors. Each vessel holds up to 190 gallons of trash, which is the same volume that would normally take up to eight of the old style cans.

These compactors allow more garbage to be collected with less maintenance and emptying. When full, the bag of compacted garbage is removed and will be collected with the regular sanitation pick up.

“The increase in visitors to Beach 116 Street during the peak summer months, oftentimes causes a huge increase in the garbage and debris along the street. These compactors will allow for a cleaner and more inviting area for visitors, shoppers and residents to enjoy,” stated Assemblywoman Pheffer.

The Chamber of Commerce has agreed to coordinate and be responsible for the upkeep and emptying of the new trash receptacles “By partnering with the community and the existing DOE fund workers, we will be able to continue our efforts to improve and beautify our commercial strip” stated Joanie Omeste, Executive Director Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

“I am confident that this pilot program will be huge success and will go a long way in helping to improve the quality of life for our area merchants and shoppers,” concluded Pheffer.

These new waste receptacles are scheduled to be delivered to Beach 116 Street in June, just in time for the summer season.

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