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Trash compactors coming to Muskegon's Pere Marquette Beach

Pere Marquette Conservation Park
Pere Marquette Conservation Park

Will replace trash bins that often loose waste to high winds

To better keep trash and waste off of Pere Marquette Beach, the City of Muskegon is bringing more than a dozen mini-trash compactors to the Lakeshore.

According to the City of Muskegon, each trash compactor can hold up to 50 gallons of waste and are solar powered, and most importantly, keeps the trash compacted and inside the unit.

Officials say the current system at Pere Marquette in Muskegon is vulnerable to wind, which can often lift waste into the air and spread it across the beach.

Muskegon Deputy Public Works Director Dan VanderHeide presented the idea to the city commission on Monday.

“The goal of the effort is to provide aesthetics at the beach to provide a better-looking, more pleasing product at Pere Marquette that reflects the natural beauty around it,” VanderHeide said.

The city says, the trash compactors aren’t cheap, and cost twice that of an ordinary trash receptacle, however city officials say they can make that money back by not having to pay for cleanup crews who routinely pick up the trash off of the beach.

Officials say, it’s a three-year pilot program to begin.