The city of Pittsburgh is getting 'smart' garbage cans

05.04.17 | Terry Diener

Pittsburgh City Council has approved the purchase of software necessary for garbage cans that have sensors to gauge garbage volume and send a wireless signal when they're full. 

The Department of Public Works proposed the $580,000 purchase of software and 400 to 500 new garbage cans.

The technology would drastically cut back on the 100,000 hours employees spend each year checking 1,200 garbage cans across the city to see whether they need to be emptied.