Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Save Cities Energy
Billed as the “world’s first and only solar-powered cordless trash compaction system,” the trash compactors from Big Belly Solar are appearing in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Vancouver and Chicago, where, the company claims, they reduce trash collection trips and cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.
Made from recycled materials, the system uses built-in solar panels to compact trash, storing five times more than regular trash cans. The compactors have a recyclable battery that allows them to store energy and continue to operate in any weather.
The compactors also have a separate area for recyclable materials.