Palm Springs is bidding farewell to its damaged concrete trash bins and replacing them with gray and blue trash containers — for the price of nearly $400,000.
The Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday evening approved the purchase of more than 180 trash and recycling bins to be placed along Palm Canyon Drive, Indian Canyon Drive and various streets within the downtown district.
Maintenance staff said in a report to the council that the existing trash bins are generally missing lids and “reaching the end of their service life.”
“Numerous repairs, patches and reapplication of paint by sanding, priming and resealing have caused the concrete trash receptacles to crack, chip and deteriorate — some of which are beyond repair,” the staff report stated.
Workers repaint the concrete bins in a terra cotta color about three times a year, the city said.
With sales tax, each receptacle is expected to cost a little over $2,000. The total cost of roughly $385,000 for all the bins will be paid for through property maintenance, landscape and recycling funds, according to the city.
There was interest among the city’s sustainability commission and downtown business owners to refurbish the existing bins on the condition new container lids could be added, according to a staff report. But maintenance staff indicated it was unlikely the new lids would remain attached.
The new bins are corrosion-resistant and have a powder coat finish that is expected to be “quite durable and significantly reduce maintenance costs and potential for vandalism,” according to the city.
The purchase was approved unanimously at the council meeting.
However, Palm Springs resident Joy Brown Meredith commented on the trash cans a few hours before the council voted.
“I think $386,000 for trash cans in downtown is too much money,” she said.
Residents fond of the damaged terra cotta trash bins needn’t worry. Some in good condition will be placed in public parking garages and parks.
Other items discussed at the five-hour meeting included Well in the Desert, a daytime cooling center near downtown Palm Springs that helps the homeless, and the downtown park.
And in a brief presentation, the city announced it received three bids for the park project.
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Shane Newell covers breaking news and the western Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs. He can be reached at Shane.Newell@DesertSun.com, (760) 778-4649 or on Twitter at @journoshane
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