WM Solar Powered Trash Compactors cut the need for trash pickup by up to 80 percent, which reduces collection costs, fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. The compactors are self-powered by built-in solar panels. About the same size as a standard 35-gallon trash barrel, each compactor provides five times the capacity of a traditional trash receptacle. When the unit reaches capacity, sensors trigger an internal compactor that flattens the contents, converting 180 gallons of waste into easy-to-collect bags. A wireless system then signals that the unit is ready to be picked up. The compactors are suited for municipalities and high-traffic facilities, as well as busy intersections, public parks, city streets, sporting events and other public spaces.
Waste Management, Houston, Texas
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