It’s part of an effort to keep downtown a bit cleaner.
Watch out, rats, because a giant trash compactor is coming to downtown Olympia.
The 30-yard contraption will be installed behind Big Whiskey Saloon at Fifth Avenue and Franklin Street by year’s end. The sealed container will replace all trash bins in the block’s intersecting alleyways.
That means less garbage juice leaking on the ground and attracting rats, for example. It also means no access for gulls and crows that pick through garbage when a container’s lid is left open.
“It’s just part of the ongoing attempt to get the downtown cleaner,” said Steve Cooper, who owns several downtown Olympia properties, including the Big Whiskey building. “Having a feeling of cleanliness starts to address the feeling of safety.”
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The trash compactor is part of a city-led pilot project supported by the Parking and Business Improvement Area, a self-taxing district with about 435 downtown business owners. Cooper, who regularly picks up garbage on his downtown lots, agreed to allow the trash compactor on his property.