Solar Compactors cleaning up Cincinnati

How do solar trash cans work?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Trash is becoming greener, cleaner, and more cost effective.

By putting your trash in the Big Belly solar trash cans residents help to keep the streets and sidewalks clean, and help cut the greenhouse gas emissions from collections by up to 80%.

The eco friendly big green boxes have been showing up in the downtown area.

The solar compactor is powered by solar energy on top and uses the same amount of energy as a small Christmas light bulb.

Once trash starts to fill the bin a beam will trigger the motor to compact the trash, this fits five trash cans into one.

Once it is totally full lights on front will indicate it is full and send a text message to a central computer for pickup.