Solar powered Bigbelly bins compact waste and are equipped with a chip that delivers real-time data to the city's waste management division, showing when the units are full and need to be picked up. Each bin can apparently replace 5 ordinary bins, but they are still not cheap. 13 bins have been installed in Santa Monica (California) at a cost of $99,000.
They lead to savings though. Bins at Boston University have enabled the university to lower its collection trips to fewer than twice a week, compared to 14.
This is quite incredible.
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