One NYC Trashy Thing: The Best Bin Won!

There are more than 23,000 trash cans scattered around New York City and they have been virtually unchanged in design since the 1930s — way before we even thought about plastic, much less recycling it.  NYC decided to have a competition to select the best new bin design to replace the old bins — the new ones had to be light, inexpensive, durable, and attractive since they sit on nearly every corner in the city.  A company called Group Project won the competition, with a bifurcated bin with one side for recycling and the other for waste, that is lightweight (weighing 10 pounds instead of the current 30) and the bar across the middle functions not just as a hinge for the lid but also prevents the dumping of oversized household waste. The winners were thrilled saying, “To have something that millions of people interact with, which becomes part of the fabric of the city, is pretty rare.”  We wonder if they got “trashed” to celebrate?!

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