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Osceola News Gazette – Kissimmee first in the nation to use underground trash system

This article first appeared in Osceola News Gazette. In this case, it’s OK to talk trash. The city of Kissimmee will be the first municipality in the United States to use underground receptacles emptied by a truck with a crane mechanism, replacing the metal open-air dumpsters that can be foul-smelling. Kissimmee-based Underground Refuse Systems, the brainchild of longtime School Board member Jay Wheeler, has brought the technology to the United States for the first time. It originally debuted in Barcelona, Spain, Florence, Italy and at Disneyland Paris. Wheeler’s company is an American distributor for the technology. The city of Kissimmee is the first domestic government agency to partner up. Down the line, Wheeler said he hopes that the 5-ton receptacles […]

Orlando Sentinel – Kissimmee company develops new, underground dumpsters

This article first appeared in Orlando Sentinel. A new line of attractive public trash bins, with more security from animals, is debuting in Kissimmee today. The bins are built into 11-foot-deep pits in the ground, the product of businessman Jay Wheeler’s new company, Kissimmee-based Underground Refuse Systems. The containers will keep trash in Kissimmee’s public areas “out of view and clean for years to come,” said Wheeler in a news release. The city is rolling out 17 of the underground bins. The bins are hoisted up by a crane and dumped into a truck, then lowered back into their concrete cellar. The portion of the trash bin above ground has a modern rounded look with a trash door. Wheeler has plans […]

Wasted Dive – Florida city debuts new underground dumpsters for public spaces

This article first appeared on Wasted Dive. Dive Brief: Kissimmee, FL has become the first U.S. city to partner with Underground Refuse Systems for the installation of 17 underground collection bins, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. The units are 11 feet deep and six cubic yards across, with modern-looking collection bins on top. These units can also be equipped with key card access to limit illegal dumping. They can be collected with a specially designed AutoCar truck that lifts them out of the ground and empties them from doors on the bottom. Underground Refuse Systems is the exclusive distributor of this system in the U.S. and is based in Kissimmee, where it is a client company of the University of […]

Positively Osceola – Kissimmee Uses Innovation to Solve Solid Waste Management With Underground Refuse Systems

This article first appeared on Positively Osceola.   The City of Kissimmee along with Jay Wheeler, President of Underground Refuse Systems, presented an innovative way to overcome the challenge that so many cities and counties throughout the United States have to confront. Kissimmee is the first government agency to partner with Underground Refuse Systems, a local business that is part of the UCF Business Incubator located in downtown Kissimmee. Underground Refuse Systems is the first of its kind in the United States that utilizes underground trash containers that eliminate unwanted dumpster use, unsettling odors, and unsightly above ground storage of waste and unnecessary use of space.

WFTV 9 – Trash moves underground in Kissimmee

This article first appeared on WFTV 9. OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – People will no longer have to leave their trash at the curb to pick up in Kissimmee. The city launched its first underground waste containers Wednesday. The first one, for now, is located behind city hall. “It’s taken almost two and half years, but we are at this point and we are going to change the face of solid waste collection,” said Osceola County School Board member Jay Wheeler. Wheeler is also president of Underground Refuse Systems, the company that makes the trash system out of the UCF business incubator. Wheeler told Channel 9’s Jeff Levkulich the underground trash is to eliminate dumpster divers from humans and animals. “It’s […]

Click Orlando – Trash containers going underground in Kissimmee

This article first appeared on Click Orlando. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Dumpster divers, beware. Trash is going underground in Kissimmee. Officials on Wednesday are unveiling the city’s first underground waste containers. The goal is to eliminate dumpster divers, both human and animal. There will eventually be 17 underground trash containers throughout Osceola County. The underground containers measure about 6 cubic yards (5 meters) and are kept 11 feet (3.3 meters) underground. A mailbox-like receptacle above ground allows businesses or individuals to drop their trash into the underground containers. A custom truck empties the containers by lifting them out of the ground with a crane and emptying their contents into the truck. Kissimmee is the first municipality in the United States to sign […]

WESH 2 – Trash containers going underground in Kissimmee

This article first appeared on WESH 2. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Dumpster divers, beware. Trash is going underground in an Orlando suburb. Officials in Kissimmee are unveiling the city’s first underground waste containers on Wednesday. The goal is to eliminate dumpster divers, both human and animal. Eventually, there will be 17 underground trash containers located throughout Osceola County. The underground containers are about 6 cubic yards (5 meters) and they are kept 11 feet (3.3 meters) underground. A mailbox-like receptacle above ground allows businesses or individuals to drop their trash into the underground containers. A custom truck empties the containers by lifting them out of the ground with a crane and emptying their contents into the truck. Kissimmee is the first […]