A cool new design concept marries composting with clean energy: garbage-powered street lamps. The Gaon Street Light from designer Haneum Lee keeps food waste out of landfills while keeping streets illuminated.
The street lamp features a garbage bin at its base where food products can be deposited. The waste is then composted and the methane from the waste powers the lamp at the top.
There would need to be controls in place to make sure that only food waste made it into the compost bin. If that were worked out, it would be a nice idea for city parks or other areas where people take their food outside. The design gets us thinking about what all could be powered by our waste and that's a success in itself.
written by Fr. Peter, February 13, 2010
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