BERLIN (AP) – Fed up with garbage-strewn streets? Berlin thinks it has found a solution – trash cans that say thank you.
Starting next spring, the German capital’s trash service will build electronics into a handful of the city’s 20,000 street-side wastebaskets that will allow them to speak or sing to the public, a spokesman said Thursday.
“We want to encourage people in a nice, funny way to throw their trash in the baskets and not on the street,” said the official, Bernd Mueller. The talking trash cans – powered by solar cells – are meant to show that Berlin is “a modern city with high-tech services, and that it is also very cosmopolitan,” he added.