Friday, April 20, 2012

Solar Trash Cans Yanked for NATO Meeting

Expensive, state-of-the-art solar-powered garbage receptacles are being pulled from around downtown Chicago before next month’s NATO summit in favor of old-fashioned wire trash cans that police can more easily check for anything dangerous.

The BigBelly garbage and recycling barrels with trash compactors were touted by then-Mayor Richard Daley's administration as a way to save costs on pick-ups and potentially generate ad revenue while fitting with the former mayor’s oft-spoken commitment to environmental issues.

About 400 of them crouch on street corners, mostly downtown, according to Anne Sheahan, spokeswoman for the city Department of Streets and Sanitation.

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