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Solar Powered Trash Compactor and Recycling Units


JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – August 20, 2014 – The steps you take today, impact your tomorrow.  The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) announced today that it is taking its efforts one-step further in reducing its carbon footprint with the introduction of a smart solar-powered waste and recycling stations pilot program.


“The JTA is committed to improving the community of Northeast Florida’s economy, environment and overall quality of life, by providing safe, reliable and efficient multi-modal transportation solutions,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.  “These solar-powered double unit systems will be uniquely identifiable for our customers and provide them with single-stream recycling options in addition to enhanced waste management.”


Each unit includes solar panels that generate energy from the sun.  The energy then charges the battery that powers and operates a small compacter inside the trash receptacle.  Once the unit is full it wirelessly broadcasts real-time data to maintenance, signaling that the unit is at capacity and requires collection.  


“These units can hold up to five times the capacity of a typical trashcan, which drastically reduces the frequency of our waste pickup,” stated Mike Sloan, JTA Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance. “The results from the one-year pilot program will determine if JTA will install additional stations at other JTA locations.”

Customers are also able to utilize the single-stream recycling unit to recycle their metal cans, glass bottles and jars, dairy and juice containers, paper and plastic bottles and several other containers.  Customers will notice the JTA’s newest mascot on the units, Sustainabird, who is on a mission to help reduce, reuse and recycle at JTA. 


The pilot program includes four units, two placed at Rosa Parks Transit Station and one each at Regency and Gateway Transit Hubs. 

Other JTA sustainability initiatives include a conversion of 100 buses to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) along with an on-site fueling station, bike-sharing programs, LED and solar lighting, Transit Signal Priority, Transit Oriented Development and other internal recycling campaigns. 

For more information on the JTA's sustainability plans, initiatives, and participation opportunities please visit,  You can also contact the JTA’s sustainability committee via email at or contact customer service at (904) 630-3100.