When the solar-powered trash compactors arrived in Philadelphia, they seemed like a good idea to me. My only wish — and you can call me fussy or a germaphobe, or whatever — was that they automatically opened. The handles get pretty darned disgusting.
Then, I spotted one that had been placed under a tree, which, since it was early summer, had recently become leaf-covered. The can didn’t work so well in the shade, and I dubbed it the seasonal trash can.
In the past couple of days, (and I’ll confess that I hadn’t paid much attention along the way, so can’t really compare one year to another), I’ve noticed a few stuffed-to-overflowing bins. Do the systems wear out over time? Can a battery backup be added? Or, will we eventually only be able to throw trash out on sunny days? Egad!