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January 24, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Big Bellies All Over Cities

Big Belly Trash Can

In the last couple of months, several Big Belly Solar Trash Compactor Cans Cans have sprung up in Albany. The trash cans are also being installed by other cities hoping to save money by reducing the need for trash collection.

The Big Belly uses energy from the Sun to compact trash so one bin can hold more trash and reduce the need for pick-up. In the video below VP of company that produces the trash cans explains how the technology works in Philly.

Philly is reducing collection from 17 to 5 times a week, cutting emissions by 80% (less garbage trucks on road, which get as low as 2.8 MPG) and will save $13 million over the next 10 years.

I wonder if Albany’s cans text also..


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