New York City's BigBelly Trash Cans Take in Waste and Give Out Wi-Fi

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jul 18, 2015
References: bigbelly & sustainablog.org
BigBelly's trash cans in New York City can be called smart for more than just one reason. In addition to being able to notify city collectors when a bin is at capacity, the same smart technology is being used to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. This means that someone in close proximity to the waste bin, such as sitting on a bench nearby, would be able to connect to the Internet.

So far, NYC has installed more than 170 of these smart garbage bins and so far, testing on the Wi-Fi capabilities is being conducted on two of these units.

Because the trash cans are collect power from the sun and do not experience interference from tall buildings nearby, it's estimated that these smart trashcans could even provide enough bandwidth to sustain a small business.