Pittsburgh Buying $580,000 Worth Of Smart Garbage Cans

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh is spending $580,000 to buy up to 500 new litter cans that will be equipped with smart technology to tell Public Works employees when they’re full.

Public Works Director Mike Gable says the smart cans should help the city cut back on 100,000 hours workers spend each year checking 1,200 public trash cans to see if they’re empty.

City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to approve the spending.

Councilwoman Darlene Harris, who is challenging Mayor Bill Peduto in this month’s Democratic primary, objected to the cost. Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith says residents of her district didn’t like the idea.

Gable is hoping to have the new garbage cans installed by summer.

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  1. Ken Keppel says:

    $1,160 for a garbage can? That money couldn’t be used for something else – like more bike lanes for the Mayor? (sarc. off)

  2. David Colton says:

    Unbelieveable! $1,100+ per can. I must ASSume that they have batteries (which will need changed,) to “notify” someone, when they are full. IF they require AC power, the cost of hooking them up to AC is even in the figures.
    Standard Democrat & Liberal way..never THINK before you do. What a waste of MONEY. (I can’t help but “remember” all the trash cans with “For Pete’s Sake” on them back in the day.)

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