Solar Powered Trash Compactors?
Philadelphia has figured out a way to ease a $1.4 billion dollar budget deficit by installing solar-powered trash compactors throughout the city’s downtown. 700 trash bins have been replaced with the “BigBelly” solar trash compactor. The City estimates a savings of $875,000 per year by cutting collection trips by 75%.
The BigBelly runs 100% on solar power and its capacity is five times greater than an average trash recepticle. For Philadelphia, this means that more streets department employees will be able to fill vacancies on trucks that collect household recycling.