Solar rubbish compactor arrives in Ireland
Waste collection frequency could be reduced, cutting costs and carbon emissions, following the introduction of a solar-powered rubbish compactor to Ireland.
Boston, in the US, already has 164 such solar-powered compactors in place.
"The Big Belly system reduces the frequency of waste collection, which lowers costs and also ensures a greener environment," Tommy Brennan, who set up the energy company with brother Ciaran, told the Sunday Business Post.
"The compaction system is self-powered using solar energy.
"The bin takes up as much space as an ordinary bin, but has five times more capacity, which can reduce collection frequency by up to 80%."
Measuring 50.4 inches in height and 25.1 inches across, with a bin volume of 32 gallons, the on-site compactors are similar in size to existing bins but by crushing the rubbish, they increase the amount that they can hold.
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