Photo Friday: Pacific Northwest Trash Can

Solar Trash Compactor in Portland
Solar Trash Compactor in Portland

Here in the Pacific Northwest we like to one-up eachother in our efforts to make the city greener. Portland's definitely got the leading edge when it comes to trash cans!

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      1. Sonja on November 18, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.

        Is there enough sun in Portland to power the solar energy? ;)

      2. Debbie on November 18, 2011 at 9:06 p.m.

        Apparently they have a battery that stores energy for weeks when there's no sun - though I'd be interested to hear how well it works in practice.

        By compacting the garbage (and communicating how full they are back to a central base) these garbage cans let the city cut down on the number of trips they make to empty the trash. Pretty neat.

      3. Adelyn Lee on November 19, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.

        Oh, Portland! I love that city. The views, the people, the trash cans...

      4. robin on November 20, 2011 at 10:58 p.m.

        I've always thought these looked like mailboxes. Could be a potential problematic situation for someone like me.

      5. Kim on November 28, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.

        You can find these cans in Kirkland. (Surely Seattle's not far behind.)

      6. Debbie on December 1, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.

        Nice! I've never seen them in Seattle, but I'm on the lookout now.