Trash with solar-powered compactor

New York is testing a trash can that uses solar power to sense when it is full and automatically compact the garbage inside. When the can is full, a red indicator light goes on and it can even send out a wireless call for a pickup.


The BigBelly can’s tryout began February 14 in Chinatown and then was moved to Tribeca on February 28.

The company claims that the system can reduce trash to a quarter of its original size, so less pickups would be required, cutting down on the diesel fuel used by collection trucks.

Via CNN.