The fledging Hope Downtown Network announced the acquisition Wednesday of five new industrial strength trash cans, all painted a distinctive fire-engine style red, to be donated and placed in downtown Hope.

The fledging Hope Downtown Network announced the acquisition Wednesday of five new industrial strength trash cans, all painted a distinctive fire-engine style red, to be donated and placed in downtown Hope.
In making the announcement, Network President Bob Erwin said, “These were a result of our first fund-raiser and the kindness of the community, and these five waste containers represent a first tangible project of our efforts to get something done for the downtown.”
Erwin said the trash cans were heavy duty metal and cost $600 a piece, with the first five obtained for approximately $3,000.
“We hope to buy more as we can,” he said. Erwin added that they would be installed within the next two weeks.
“They may have been $600, but they feel like they are just about 600 pounds,” as Erwin and fellow downtown business owner Sharon Caldwell removed one from its box for the photo shoot outside.
Caldwell said the group had looked at three primary colors, green, grey and red.
“I liked the red; I really wanted them to stand-out and be visible. We figured they would stand out more and people would use them,” she said.
One of the first five is slated to be placed near Caldwell’s own Tailgaters Restaurant, which already has an old-style red truck parked in front.
Caldwell estimated that it would take 12-to-15 trash containers to adequately cover the downtown area.  She said, “I would like to see every block in downtown have one.”
Erwin said the group is also looking to place heavy metal style benches in downtown next.
“We may think about doing that next and getting folks a place to sit down out here,” he said.
The question of who would be responsible for emptying and maintaining the new containers, once they are placed in downtown remained an open question, which Erwin conceded.
“We will approach the city about placing them, and then, whether they will do the pickups. It may be the city; it may be the merchants. That is unclear since we’ve never had this before, but I am sure will work something out,” he said.
The trash cans are standard 33-and-half containers with an iron shell, and an anchor on the bottom.