New Binghamton Trash Cans May Look Like Mailboxes But They’re Not
Some of downtown Binghamton's old, drab-looking trash receptacles are being replaced by blue custom-made cans that at first glance look similar to mailboxes.
City public works crews have installed nine of the new units in recent days.
The receptacles were purchased from Securr Custom Trash Cans of southern California. The company's website indicates each 36-gallon can cost $767.
The first reviews from some people walking and working downtown were positive, although several remarked that the new cans resemble mailboxes.
Two of the sides of each can are emblazoned with the words "Downtown Binghamton" in yellow-and-white lettering. The two sides with the openings for trash show a stylized city skyline at the bottom but have no words.
While the new trash cans have been rolled out on a few Binghamton streets, there apparently are no plans to place any in the two city-owned parking garages.
Trash receptacles were removed from those facilities in 2019. That was done "in an attempt to deter the amount of trash we are collecting," according to a memo directed to parking garage employees.
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