Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Breaking: Solar-Powered Trash Cans Coming To Philadelphia, To Greenify Center City With BigBellys Of Compacting Power

Really? Solar-powered trash cans??
The unit takes up as much space as the "footprint" of an ordinary receptacle — but its capacity is five times greater. Increased capacity reduces collection trips and can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.

BigBelly also provides cost efficiencies from labor savings, fuel cost and maintenance savings, as well as environmental benefits from reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
Well, that’s all good.

But, shit, let’s get some solar powered recycling receptacles already. Because that just seems like it would make all kinds of sense. (Seriously, a recycling bin next to every trash can.)

Center City District will be unveiling these bad boys next week on the 600 block of Chestnut Street. And a triumvirate of bigwigs will be there, demonstrating they can, indeed, play together nicely: CCD President Paul Levy, Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson, and Director of Sustainability Mark Alan Hughes. (To RSVP for the festivities, click here.)

Meanwhile, no word on how many of these BigBellys will be coming to Center City or what their actual impact will be as far as reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint. We hope the answer to both questions is substantial — and that it’s not some gimmick to get a bunch of buzz from, uh, bloggers. Ahem.

Stay tuned.

EVENT: Please join us as we unveil our new solar-powered trash receptacle demonstration project [ Center City District ]
Big Belly Trash Receptacles [ Official Site ]

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