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San Francisco plans to install new $20K trash cans

A lot of waste! San Francisco plans to roll out new designer trash cans costing a whopping $20K EACH

  • Officials are currently trying to get 15 of the expensive trash cans made so they can test them on the streets of San Francisco as part of a pilot program
  • Officials have been planning for three years to replace the 3,000 existing green bins currently scattered across the city
  • The responsible department, Public Works, made a proposal on Wednesday for the new prototypes
  • The prototypes cost between $12,000 and $20,000 each
  • If the pilot program is a success, the department said mass production of the trash cans would cost between $2,000 and $3,000 each.
  • Today’s green trash cans on city sidewalks cost just over $1,200 to make

The City of San Francisco plans to roll out a series of new trash cans that will cost as much as $20,000 each.

Officials are currently trying to get 15 of the expensive trash cans made so they can test them on the streets of San Francisco as part of a pilot program.

Officials have been planning for three years to replace the 3,000 existing green bins currently scattered across the city.

San Francisco Public Works, the department responsible for replacing the garbage cans, made a proposal on Wednesday for the new prototypes. San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The prototypes will cost between $12,000 and $20,000 each.

The city of San Francisco, as part of a pilot program, is looking to roll out a series of new trash cans that will cost as much as $20,000 each.  One of the new designs is pictured above

The city of San Francisco, as part of a pilot program, is looking to roll out a series of new trash cans that will cost as much as $20,000 each. One of the new designs is pictured above

If the pilot program is a success, the department says mass production of the trash cans would cost between $2,000 and $3,000 each.

Today’s green trash cans on city sidewalks cost just over $1,200 to make.

Public Works is charging between $537,000 and $840,000 for the pilot project.

The proposal to create the prototypes and run the pilot program will be voted on by a committee of regulators next week.

A supervisor, Matt Haney, has already slammed the high price tag.

“$20,000 a can is ridiculous,” he said.

Haney said he will consult with Public Works about cutting costs and plans to return the proposal if he is not satisfied.

He argued that the city could have used models from other cities instead of designing its own.

Acting director of Rijkswaterstaat Alaric Degrafinried acknowledged on Wednesday that it was ‘a lot’ of money.

He said the costs were pushed up because the city was working with a locally based designer – Advanced Prototype Engineering – on a modified prototype.

Officials have been planning for three years to replace the 3,000 existing green bins currently scattered across the city

Officials have been planning for three years to replace the 3,000 existing green bins currently scattered across the city

San Francisco Public Works, the department responsible for replacing the garbage cans, made a proposal on Wednesday for the new prototypes.  One of the new designs is pictured

San Francisco Public Works, the department responsible for replacing the garbage cans, made a proposal on Wednesday for the new prototypes. One of the new designs is pictured

The prototypes will cost between $12,000 and $20,000 each.  If the pilot program is a success, the department said mass production of the trash cans would cost between $2,000 and $3,000 each.

The prototypes will cost between $12,000 and $20,000 each. If the pilot program is a success, the department said mass production of the trash cans would cost between $2,000 and $3,000 each.

Last year, the department reduced the new trash can concepts to three designs.

Degrafinried noted at the time that the cans were durable and difficult to manipulate.

Officials had previously complained that the existing green bins had become easy targets for scavengers who rummage through them and leave a mess.

If the new prototypes are approved next week, the city will install 15 prototype cans — five of each design — on sidewalks.

The city aims to run the pilot program between November this year and January 2021.

The outraged response to the program was swift, with many on Twitter saying the city should spend the money on tackling violent crime and supporting the homeless.

San Francisco has made national headlines in recent weeks with viral videos of people shoplifting at major department stores.

Shoplifting cases have become common in the city after property theft allegations of less than $950 in value were downgraded from felony to felony in 2014.

It means store clerks and security don’t chase or stop thieves who took anything worth less than $1,000.

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