New York’s Central Park will soon be a more eco-friendly environment because the Central Park Conservancy, a private nonprofit that manages Central Park, is swapping out its old waste collection carts for a new fleet of 52 Cushman electric carts. In addition to being better for the environment, these new carts will better assist the workers who empty the park’s trash and recycling bins each day.
The New York Times has more:
Looking like fugitives from a factory floor, at least 1,000 55-gallon drums dotted Central Park in the 1980s, marring what may be the greatest invented landscape in America.
They were big — not to mention unsightly — but not big enough to contain all the cans, bottles, cups, napkins, newspapers, magazines, paper bags, pizza boxes, hot-dog wrappers and other refuse from 12 million visitors a year. Trash piled up in them and around them.
To help keep up with the overflowing cans, rear-loading garbage trucks lumbered back and forth like dinosaurs across lawns and meadows, hills and valleys, paths and walkways. It was a brutish way to treat what was supposed to be a green gem. No wonder the park felt out of control.