During a pilot program run by the US Department of Energy, the City of Raleigh, NC, swapped 32 traditional open-top bins with 10 "Big Belly" stations. Not only do these very impressive bins compact trash using just the power of the sun, but they also send an email to garbage collectors when it's time for them to pick up the rubbish! How cool is that? Despite the $7000 hefty price tag, Raleigh claims that these "Big Belly" stations have saved up to $38,000 in trash collection costs in their first year. Very impressive. Read more about the project here.
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