We’re all pretty well aware of the trash problem in our city by now. While it’s certainly not a problem that can be fixed overnight, these new pedal-operated trash cans that will be coming to the city over the next few years may encourage more people to dispose of their garbage without getting their hands dirty.
The first trash can of this kind in our city was installed recently at Dickinson Street and Point Breeze Avenue.
More on the trash cans from PhillyMag:
Streets Commissioner David Perri said he has heard residents’ complaints and come up with a solution. All of the city’s new BigBelly trash cans, as well as any that are replaced moving forward, will be equipped with foot pedals, he said.
“People feel uncomfortable touching the handle, so we met with BigBelly several times and pressed upon them the need to develop a foot pedal to activate the device,” said Perri. “Fortunately, they’ve come up with a prototype and it works really well.”
Although you’ll be seeing some of these cans popping up around the city, it will be a few years before you see the pedal-operated cans everywhere since the trash cans have a 10-year life cycle.
This isn’t the only thing being done to help fix our trash problem in Philadelphia. We previously told you about two new bills that were proposed to increase the number of trash and recycling bins throughout the city.
Do you think these new trash cans will help encourage more people to properly dispose of waste?