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Comments on BigBelly Solar-Powered Trash Can - Good/Evil?
Oh, yes, someone has already thought about solar-powered trash cans. (Read the complete story)

"Well, it's good for future. archeologists."
( 7/20/2007 9:03:17 AM)
"Very good point. Here's a blurb from 'Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage':
'One of the central tenets of the University of Arizona's Garbage Project is that "what people have owned--and thrown away--can speak more eloquently, informatively, and truthfully about the lives they lead than they themselves ever may." Project garbologists have alchemized more than 250,000 pounds of refuse--from landfills and from trash cans in selected neighborhoods--into a treasure trove for experts in marketing and consumer research, census studies and environmentalism.'"
(Bill Christensen 7/20/2007 9:06:14 AM)
"The BigBelly is a big win for the environment. It has many benefits, and actually has no impact on decomposition. Trash gets compacted on the truck, then again at the transfer station (to create shipping economies) and then again at the landfil. The BigBelly compacts on-site, which is the only way to eliminate garbage truck trips to "the last mile," where most of the travel happens. So, the BigBelly does nothing to change decomposition rates. What it does is reduce the 2.8 mpg trucks from going to your neighborhood so often. These trucks currently burn over 1 billion gallons of diesel in the U.S. annually, so this is a hige win for the environment. Cost? It's also a huge win for taxpayers, who don't have to pay for 3 out of 4 trips in a $150 an hour truck. "
(Jim 7/22/2007 1:17:26 PM)

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