SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council has approved the leasing of about 40 solar-powered trash bins for the city center.

The bins are capable of compacting trash and collecting recycling.

The Spokesman-Review says the city has agreed to pay an initial start-up cost of about $10,000, and then $70,000 annually to lease the bins, which use solar energy to power an internal compactor.

Officials say the solar-powered bins will free up some workers for other duties.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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