Detroit — DTE Energy has installed seven solar-powered trash compactors and recycling units in downtown Detroit.

The so-called “Bigbelly” devices collect and compact trash on site and receive aluminum and plastic containers for recycling.

The company says compactors eliminate trash overflow, helping to beautify the neighborhood and keep pests away.

The solar panel on each unit pulls energy from the sun to continuously charge the battery powering the system.

When a unit needs to be emptied, the system sends a signal to Waste Management of Michigan, which installed the devices and agreed to maintain them.

One of the compactor-recycling units is located at a bus stop near the MGM Grand Detroit. Others are near or inside DTE’s offices.

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