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Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar-Powered Recycling & Composting Bins Text When They Are Full

May 2nd, 2012 by  


 
trash bins tweet when full

I never really thought about it, but consider how much energy could be saved if recycling, compost, and trash cans were only emptied when they were full. Well, the University of Washington may be leading us in that energy efficient direction.

“Last year, the University of Washington realized it had a big waste problem,” Megan Treacy of TreeHugger writes. “A sampling of the garbage at the campus’s Red Square found that 61 percent was actually compostable. To make sure the compostable waste wasn’t going out with the garbage, the university decided to seek a high-tech solution in the form of smart, solar-powered kiosks that collect garbage, compost and recyclables and communicate wirelessly when they need to be emptied.”

The solar-power kiosks automatically send a text to the university’s Recycling and Solid Waste Department when it’s time for a pick-up.

Additionally, the bins “compact the waste they collect, allowing them to hold 500 percent more waste, which eliminates four out of five collection trips that the department used to do with the old bins, reducing fuel consumption.”

Sound like all-around green machines!

Image Credit: © University of Washington Office of News and Information 
 





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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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