Elgin goes green with self compacting solar powered trash cans
The Centre of Elgin waste management service has now switched to a greener rather expensive garbage can. This $4000 can is a miniature trash compactor; the can uses solar power to automatically compact trash and even manages to send a signal to garbage crews when it is full. Consuming the same amount of energy to heat a pot of coffee for all that compacting done in a month, since most of that energy is produced via its solar panels it makes this garbage can a Zero carbon emitter.
The city has a $3.3 million budget deficit to take care of but it chose to invest in these expensive trash cans, as a sign that it values sustainability more than anything else.