Dumpsters are a necessary evil in urban landscapes – necessary because these are crucial components in an effective trash disposal system and evil because of their unsightly appearance. And then there’s also the issues of space and security for these large trash receptacles.
Space and Security
Because of their large sizes, dumpsters can take up considerable space wherever these may be placed so much so that companies will designate certain areas for garbage disposal for this reason. The large amount of trash generated by organizations can result in more dumpsters and, hence, larger areas for their placement.
Dumpsters are also an attractive sight for various individuals. Divers will root through the trash to find edible food and usable items while robbers will simply want to steal the entire thing for themselves. Suffice it to say that dumpsters can be a safety and security concern for many organizations.
Solar Energy Enclosed Dumpster System
And then here comes SEEDS, which stands for Solar Energy Enclosed Dumpster System. It is an invention of Ray Salucio of EarthSure, a garbage company known for its innovative trash disposal systems.
What does SEEDS actually bring to the table of safe, secure and effective garbage disposal? According to Salucio, the solar-powered dumpster enclosure has solar panels that generate energy for lights, video cameras and emergency phones, all of which are apparently necessary for security purposes. The surplus energy will then be sold back into the grid, thus, making it an income-earning dumpster as well.
Essentially, SEEDS kills two birds with one stone – a more efficient use of space wherein garbage disposal and sustainable energy generation can be combined on one hand as well as a more effective method of securing both the dumpster and its contents.
SEEDS: Not the First
It must be emphasized, furthermore, that SEEDS is not the first of its kind in terms of combining solar panels and dumpsters. Waste Management, for example, has developed a product known as the SmartEnergy Compactor with its solar panel-controlled compactor as well as its remote monitoring system for its contents (i.e., whether it is full or not). The company also has the Big Belly Solar, which are solar-powered waste bins.
What does the future hold for solar-powered dumpsters? Well, from this angle, the future looks good because society certainly has to find innovative ways to harness the energy of the sun while also lessening its impact on the Earth – and the solar-powered dumpsters fit the bill.