Copenhagen's Trash Can Shelves Help Bottle Collectors Feel Dignified

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jun 25, 2015
References: sustainablog.org & thelocal.dk
Knowing that there are bottle collectors who will dig through the trash to receive a monetary return for discarded cans and bottles, Copenhagen implemented a new trash can design that makes the act more dignified.

The trash cans include a separate shelf for people to deposit unwanted bottles and cans, so that bottle collectors no longer have to find themselves arm-deep in a waste receptacle.

As well as providing a simple way to help out a portion of the marginalized population in Copenhagen, this inventive can design also calls for more thoughtful waste sorting and recycling from citizens. Although these new cans are just being tested in the city, there may be plans in the future to bring these receptacles to other areas in Copenhagen with success.