The city just installed three solar-powered trash compactors as a test. The cans are called “BigBelly” compactors and the BigBelly company is hoping the city will find that it will spend less money of fuel and labor to empty trashcans on city streets if it uses these compactors. The cans have a battery to power them and a solar panel to charge the battery. I’ll be passing two of the three test receptacles on my way to work today: 18th & Walnut and Broad & Walnut. Maybe I’ll carry a little trashy snack with me to feed them.
The Philadelphia Inquirer article by Ashwin Verghese is titled: Solar-powered trash units get trial run in Phila. (Not a very snappy title for something that should be hip and exciting.)