It’s little things like this self contained solar trash compacting system, that are really simple, but make a huge impact to benefit communities at large.
I first saw the “Solar Powered Trash Compactor” on campus at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh last year, but evidently their use is really catching on– go figure, they are totally legit, who wouldn’t want one. And so, they are currently being used in cities and towns all over the country and the benefit is they reduce the number of times trash needs to be picked up by like 80% which = less fuel being used, less man hours needed to collect trash. They are also built to stay closed so birds and such can’t get into them to grab trash and make a mess, etc.
But how sweet is that?!… to use solar power to compact trash. These units are built to be uber energy efficient so they can be used in any location, in any weather because their energy needs are low and they don’t need direct sunlight to work. Shade, rain, snow, whatev this baby will keep crankin’ the trash down till it’s 50 pound (approx. 23 kilos) load is ready to be spirited away. And the way the trash captain knows it’s ready… this smart trash can dials them up and let’s them know. How efficient is that? Ya! that’s what’s up.
Simple inventions like this solar trash system and implementing their use in cities and towns are the kind of small actions, or steps in the right direction that are actually tipping the scales to a healthy planet for everyone. So go solar power movement, go innovations and new ideas ! Props to you BigBelly Solar and everyone who has gotten behind it. Sweet.