While Homelessness Continues San Francisco Officials Debate $20k Trashcans

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Officials in San Francisco have agreed to move forward with making new trash cans for the city. The prototypes for the new trash cans will cost the city $300,000 total and the city will receive 15 prototype trashcans, for those who are not gifted in math this works out to $20,000 per trashcan.

From The Daily Wire: 

“$20,000 a can is ridiculous,” said Democratic Supervisor Matt Haney after a presentation earlier this week. “It sounds like a FOX News headline waiting to happen.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the cost per can will drop to an estimated $2,000 to $3,000” when mass-produced, but “supervisors balked at the price to get there.”

Still, Haney and the other members of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee opted to bring the issue to the full board for a vote next week to prevent further delays. The proposal calls for building 15 prototypes, five each of three different designs, to test in the fall.

S.F. Public Works acting director Alaric Degrafinried agreed that the prototype cost is “a lot.” He explained, however, that they are custom-made from stainless steel and include sensors that monitor the amount of garbage in each can and notify workers when they are nearing capacity.

The San Francisco acting director of Public Works justified these expense by saying that he wanted the city to have the “most efficient trash cans in the world.


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