Bombproof Trash Can Secures Rubbish

Bombproof trash cans (or rubbish bins as they are called overseas) from Renew Solutions will secure your rubbish in a smart, sustainable way. London has been taking trash cans off the streets since the 1990's; now, the streets can be both tidy and secure.

(Bombproof trash can by Renew)

The new bin is designed to absorb the heat of explosives and prevent the spread of shrapnel using "blast intelligent technology".

And in its new guise the bin will not only protect and collect, it will also keep passers-by up to date. Each will be fitted with the latest electronic technology, providing a stream of news and travel information on LCD screens.

Personal security is ensured through the integration of Blast Intelligent Technology within Renew. This life-saving technology protects people and property by mitigating the hazards (i.e. fragmentation and blast injuries) associated with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) placed within a Renew unit.

Science fiction writers have embraced the idea of a law enforcement-based trash can for decades. In his 1959 short story Robot Justice, Harry Harrison created the concept of the smart robotic trash can.

Forgetting where he was in his misery, he choked a bit. Then spat heavily. Even as the saliva hit the spotless sidewalk, a waste can twenty feet away stirred into life. It rotated on hidden wheels and soundlessly rolled towards him. In shocked horror Carl pressed the back of his hand to his mouth. Too late to stop what was already done.

A flexible arm licked out and quickly swabbed the sidewalk clean. Then the can squatted like a mechanical Buddha while a speaker rasped to life in its metal insides. A tinny mechanical voice addressed Carl.

"Carl Tritt, you have violated Local Ordinance #bd-14-668 by expectorating on a public sidewalk. The sentence is two days. Your total sentence is now twenty years and two days."
(Read more about Harrison's robotic trash can )

Bombproof trash cans from Renew Solutions should hit the streets of London sometime in 2009.

Read more about the future of trash cans:

See also this BlastGard blast-mitigating trash can video, shot at the Army's Redstone Technical Test Center. From Renew Solution via Core77.

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