Solar-powered trash cans and recycling units will soon show up on Duluth’s Lakewalk.
Northland’s Newscenter reports that the city got a $41,000 grant from the state Department of Natural Resources Solar Legacy Grant Fund to install the units, which use solar power to compact trash, allowing each container to hold up to 5 times as much as traditional trash cans. And they say a solar unit use as much energy as one Christmas tree light.
The Duluth News Tribune says there’ll be 20 containers — 10 trash and 10 recycling — and will replace some of the Lakewalk’s 40 traditional cans.
And when they’re full, the high-tech trash bins will send a wireless message to city workers that it’s emptying time.