Some day, the humid stench of rancid street meat and vomit won't be the only thing radiating out of some NYC trash cans: Add WiFi to the list. It's a weird list, admittedly, but one that just got way more useful.
Bigbelly, a Massachusetts-based waste management company, hopes to upgrade its fancy, solar-powered "smart" trash and recycling bins with free WiFi hotspot capabilities soon. You may recognize the current receptacles around town as the ones that aren't overflowing, black-metal buckets. If Bigbelly has its way, we'll all get literal garbage WiFi, and no, we're not talking about your Time Warner service.
Jokes aside, the new technology could provide convenient WiFi access, collect data on waste management, and even display public messages, according to a report by CityLab.