San Francisco is looking to replace their public trash cans throughout the city . . . and they currently have three models in contention, which solve one big problem: They’re harder for people to break into, rummage through, and leave a mess.
And apparently cost was NOT an issue, because the prototypes of the models they’ve had designed cost $20,000 . . . EACH. Every trash can. $20,000.
There are more than 3,000 public trash cans throughout the city, so if you do the math, that’s more than $60 MILLION.
For the record, the city notes that while the PROTOTYPES will cost up to $20,000 when they have them mass-produced the price should come down.
The trash cans are also high-tech. There’s a sensor inside, which will notify city workers when the trash can is almost full. Which they’ll probably ignore anyway.
(To see a $20,000 trash can, here are the three designs. Gotta love government.)