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Time for the Shoutout. Every year, the U.S. produces about 250 million tons of what? If you think you know it, shout it out!

又到了“大声喊话”环节了,美国每年生产出2.5亿吨的什么?觉得知道的话就大声告诉我。

Is it soybeans, garbage, paper or cheese? You`ve got three seconds, go!

是大豆,还是垃圾,还是纸张,还是奶酪?你有三秒钟回答时间,开始!

Environmental Protection Agency says Americans produce about 250 million tons of trash in a year. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

环保机构告诉我们美国大约一年可以生产出2.5亿吨垃圾,这就是答案,下面让我们正式进入此环节。

The EPA says a little over a third of that garbage is recycled, a lot of what`s left is compacted and shipped off landfills. Of course, it takes workers to get that done. And there`s a new type of trashcan being tested that aims to help make the process more efficient. Comes at a cost, though, in both the price of the cans and the jobs of those who manage them.

环保机构称只有三分之一的垃圾可以回收利用,剩下的都压实运到垃圾场填埋。当然这需要工人来完成这些。所以就有一种新型的垃圾桶问世,通过测试的话,这种垃圾桶就可以帮助工人提高工作效率。不过也是需要付出的,无论是垃圾桶的价格还是开发人员的工作。

Trash is a problem that`s plagued humans since we moved into cities. And dealing with it is messy and expensive. America spends approximately $55 billion a year of managing waste. But in Philadelphia, a trashcan is revolutionizing waste management cutting down on air pollution and potentially saving the city millions in the process.

垃圾自从人类开始搬进城市居住的时候就一直困扰着人们,处理方式既混乱又昂贵。美国每年大约花费550亿美元来处理资源浪费问题。但是在费城,一种新型垃圾桶正对传统废物管理利用方式进行改革,可以减少空气污染和资源浪费。

The concept was to marry solar technology, some wireless technology and some trash compaction.

这种垃圾桶的设计理念是充分利用太阳能技术,无线技术和一些垃圾压实技术。

The BigBelly Solar compactor automatically crashes down its trash, allowing it to hold five times the amount of garbage as a standard waste basket. When it`s full it sends its alert to website indicating it means to be empty. That little alert makes a bit difference.

大胃王太阳能垃圾自动捣碎机会自动搅碎垃圾,从而可以容纳五倍的废纸篓容量。当它达到饱和状态的时候它会发送警报信号显示它已经饱和。这个小提醒是最大的不同点。

Before BigBelly we have wide baskets (INAUDIBLE) city. They were serviced 17 times per week. The installation of the BigBelly units have allowed us to now only service the BigBelly four times a week, which is approximately a million dollar saving for the city of Philadelphia.

在使用大胃王垃圾桶之前,我们城市里到处都是废纸篓垃圾桶,它们每周需要清理17次,现在这种垃圾桶可以让我们每周只清理四次就可以了。这大约给费城节省了一百万美元的支出。

Most of that savings has come from cutting the size of collection crews.

节省下来的大部分资金都来自节省出的人力资源开支。

In Philadelphia`s case, they took a crew of 33 trash collection staff. And reoriented it into approximately nine guys now collecting trash and the rest of the guys have been working on the recycling effort.

在费城,之前我们利用33名工人来进行垃圾收集,然后现在重新调整为大约9人来负责收集,剩余其他人来负责回收工作。

A single compactor can operate for an entire year on the energy it takes to drive a garbage truck one mile. The city showed that a total of $4.7 million for the smart trashcans.

一个压缩机可以利用能源运转一年,相当于驱动一辆垃圾车一英里的距离。费城的案例可以清楚的了解到这种智能垃圾桶总共可以节省470万美元。

Well, you are talking about spending $3500 to $3900, one of (INAUDIBLE) that is sound. That great at first, but when you see the savings in reduction of the crew cost, you always want to pay for themselves within five years.

恩,你在谈论它的价格,大概需要3500美元到3900美元,一开始可能是贵了点,但是当你看到人力资源开始节省的时候,你就会想能在五年以内收回成本。

Major cities across the world from New York to London are also using these smart trashcans. But the Philly experiment is the largest. Trash will always be a part of our lives, but with smart technology it doesn`t have to be a total waste.

现在世界上主要的一些大城市正在使用这种大胃王太阳能垃圾桶,从美国纽约到英国伦敦都在使用。但是在费城的实验范围则最为广泛。垃圾将永远是我们生活中的一部分,但是有了这种智能科技总算不会是一种浪费了。

Time for the Shoutout. Every year, the U.S. produces about 250 million tons of what? If you think you know it, shout it out!

Is it soybeans, garbage, paper or cheese? You`ve got three seconds, go!

Environmental Protection Agency says Americans produce about 250 million tons of trash in a year. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

The EPA says a little over a third of that garbage is recycled, a lot of what`s left is compacted and shipped off landfills. Of course, it takes workers to get that done. And there`s a new type of trashcan being tested that aims to help make the process more efficient. Comes at a cost, though, in both the price of the cans and the jobs of those who manage them.

Trash is a problem that`s plagued humans since we moved into cities. And dealing with it is messy and expensive. America spends approximately $55 billion a year of managing waste. But in Philadelphia, a trashcan is revolutionizing waste management cutting down on air pollution and potentially saving the city millions in the process.

The concept was to marry solar technology, some wireless technology and some trash compaction.

The BigBelly Solar compactor automatically crashes down its trash, allowing it to hold five times the amount of garbage as a standard waste basket. When it`s full it sends its alert to website indicating it means to be empty. That little alert makes a bit difference.

Before BigBelly we have wide baskets (INAUDIBLE) city. They were serviced 17 times per week. The installation of the BigBelly units have allowed us to now only service the BigBelly four times a week, which is approximately a million dollar saving for the city of Philadelphia.

Most of that savings has come from cutting the size of collection crews.

In Philadelphia`s case, they took a crew of 33 trash collection staff. And reoriented it into approximately nine guys now collecting trash and the rest of the guys have been working on the recycling effort.

A single compactor can operate for an entire year on the energy it takes to drive a garbage truck one mile. The city showed that a total of $4.7 million for the smart trashcans.

Well, you are talking about spending $3500 to $3900, one of (INAUDIBLE) that is sound. That great at first, but when you see the savings in reduction of the crew cost, you always want to pay for themselves within five years.

Major cities across the world from New York to London are also using these smart trashcans. But the Philly experiment is the largest. Trash will always be a part of our lives, but with smart technology it doesn`t have to be a total waste.

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