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By Marc Lutz 

Garbage baler could take time to show savings


January 13, 2022

In order to stay compliant with shipping requirements, Wrangell Public Works began using a trash baler last October. The machine also could save money for the borough.

Because open-top trash containers with lose garbage are being phased out by Alaska Marine Lines due to fire risk, Public Works needed a compactor/baler to compress Wrangell’s garbage for loading into closed containers for the barge ride out of town.

The baler, which was purchased in late spring of 2021 for $347,600, condenses trash into a smaller volume, a 50-cubic-foot, tied-up bundle, which means more trash can fit into...

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