It was only a question of time. BigBelly Solar has expanded its product line with a solar-powered compactor for recyclables.
The Needham, Mass.-based company first started selling trash cans with a small 30-watt solar panel on the top that powers a compactor a couple of years ago.
Municipalities have been buying them to cut down on the number of trips that garbage handlers need to make. That cuts down on fuel costs (garbage trucks get about 2.5 mpg) and reduces street congestion and pollution.
There's also the "green PR" when people see the solar panel … Read more