Wednesday, July 20, 2005

What Does a Good Idea Smell Like? Nothing.

Today I learned about a very cool demonstration project taking place in Queens called the Big Belly. Big Bellies are solar-powered trash compactors that will take the place of open-top curbside trash containers. In addition to reducing the need for frequent pick-ups, the trash will take up less space in landfills, and by using the sun’s energy to compact the trash, they will eliminate the odor of rotting garbage – so prevalent these days – without producing any additional pollution. About 50 of them are being installed around Queens starting tomorrow by the Clean Air Communities organization, a nonprofit committed to reducing air pollution and increasing energy efficiency in low-income neighborhoods in New York. I guess one of the downsides is that people think they’re mailboxes. So, Queensfolk, take a second look before depositing your mail in a curbside mailbox.