We all love having BBQs in the park, throwing a few snags on the hotplate while the kids run amok on the monkey bars. Inevitably you end up with a plastic bag, some empty Pizza Shapes boxes and maybe some plastic cutlery (or worse if you bring your dog along), and there’s nothing worse than reaching the bin to find it overflowing and neglected.
We’ve all been conditioned to Put litter in it’s place, but sometime’s it’s simply not possible. We need a modern solution for an age-old problem.
It may sound like a subplot from Parks and Recreation, but Hume City Council are considering installing solar powered bins in parks and reserves throughout Melbourne’s North that would compact trash and help keep our parks clean. Waste management is one of the most common complaints to the council, which illustrates how desperately we want to keep our parks neat and tidy.
Meet the solar crusher; reducer of rubbish, terminator of trash. These eco-friendly solutions can hold almost eight times as much rubbish as traditional bins.
A lot of bins fill up because the trash isn’t flattened, and there’s only two ways that is going to happen; either everybody stomps on their rubbish with their feet (this isn’t recommended) or we build solar-powered robots to do it for us. Think of it like having a little Wall-E unit inside every bin.
Solar Bins Australia chief executive Leon Hayes says that similar units have been installed in New York’s Times Square where maintenance personnel were, “emptying their bins up to nine times a day … (that has been) reduced down to two to three times a day.”
Although the units are powered by sun they can operate for up to three days without direct sunlight. They even have built in WiFi so that they can “phone home” when they reach maximum capacity.
Although the units cost as much as $5,000, they will be free to operate and allow maintenance workers more time to improve our parks in a myriad of other ways. Like rooftop solar panels, it’s just another example of how solar power and improving the environment go hand in hand.