Ecopod: Residential Recycling Trash Masher

ecopod.jpgWe got trashed for complaining about Boston's solar powered trash compactor, but remain convinced that garbage should be recycled, not simply compressed and dumped. Here is a compactor we like: Designed by BMW Designworks USA, "The appliance houses a compactor, and provides an efficient way to crush, store and redeem recyclable beverage containers, specifically plastic bottles and aluminium cans. Consumers throw their bottle or can in the appropriate slot, step on a foot pedal, and enjoy the satisfying sound of compaction. The compacted container falls into an internal bin, which can be removed for redemption or curbside disposal. Each pod has storage capacity for approximately 50 crushed containers, while an upper compartment has additional room for glass bottles, newspapers and other recyclable materials. Everything neatly stored away and ready to moved to the next step in the recycling chain." Available this fall, although perhaps under another name; TreeHuggers will know ecopods as biodegradable coffins. ::Ecopod.org, ::Ecopod via ::Springwise

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