Philadelphia to Have Trash Compactors Powered by Solar Energy
By June 8th, 2009Monday, June 8, 2009 2:03 on
BigBellys are the new trash compactors powered by solar energy, being installed on the streets of Philadelphia. What is amazing is that these bins are powered completely by the sun and are able to accept close to eight times as much waste as a regular trash can.
About 500 of the trash compactors will be installed along Philadelphia’s sidewalks by July and 210 of them will include separate recycling bins. The greatest thing about these compactors is the fact that they will save the city $12.9 million over 10 years since they only need to be emptied five times a week versus 19 times for the regular trash cans, staff costs and slashing fuel. This also offers the benefit of less CO2 emissions from fewer garbage pick-ups.
The trash compactors are equiped with wireless devices that alert the city’s Streets Department that it’s time for pick up and sensors hat detect when they’re full. These bins have also been installed at Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Millenium Park, Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania.
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