Install solar-powered "Big Belly" compacting trash cans


I'd like to suggest the city install "Big Belly" solar-powered compacting trash cans like the kind in Chicago and Philadelphia. The trash cans have a companion recycling bin.  The Big Belly trash cans could be installed near the Metro stops, in shopping centers, and other areas with high pedestrian traffic such as Old Town, Mt. Vernon Ave., and sections of Duke Street.Chicago and Philadelphia have already installed these and have saved millions of dollars in trash collection and energy costs. Fewer trash trucks on the street also mean lower toxic emissions and a cleaner environment.Each unit holds five times the garbage of a normal trash can and has its own built-in sensor that alerts the city when it’s full. There’s also an attached container for recyclables.Here's the link to the Big Belly website that describes how these solar-powered compacting trash cans would work:


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