First solar-powered trash compactor

March 09, 2006, vol. 35, no. 5

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It's called Big Belly, it's the first solar-powered trash compactor in Canada, and it was recently installed near Town and Gown square at UniverCity. The SFU Community Trust and Vancity Enterprises jointly purchased the $5,600 high-tech dumpster. UniverCity president and CEO Michael Geller (right) and Vancity Enterprises president and CEO Jacques Khouri unveiled it Feb. 20. Powered by the sun's energy, it senses when its 42-gallon receptacle is full and then compresses the trash to as little as one-eighth of its original volume, reducing the number of garbage truck pick-ups.

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