Solar trash cans tested out in Manhattan

October 17, 2012 3:32:45 AM PDT
Manhattan's trash cans are getting a high-tech makeover.

Five solar powered compacting trash bins have been installed across Lower Manhattan.

They're part of a new pilot program.

The bins have five times the capacity and use solar panels to compact trash resulting in less bagging and trips for pickups.

An electronic sensor alerts sanitation units when the bin is full.

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