Above is a smart garbage can in Elgin, Illinois. It takes power from the sun to automatically compact trash. What is even more interesting is the fact that whenever it is full, it sends a signal to the garbage crew saying ‘Come pick me up’!.
The new compactor has the capacity to hold five times the amount of trash that a conventional similar sized trash bin would hold, which means that the waste can be collected weekly rather than every day. This saves on the fuel and carbon-emissions associated with driving and bringing the waste daily.
The daily energy requirement of the bin is equal to the amount of energy required to make a piece of toast, while for a week it can do with the amount required to brew a pot of coffee. The cost of this compactor is $4,000.
Via: Daily Herald