JIM POSS: Bringing Sunshine to Trash

JIM POSS

Jim Poss has a dirty little habit. The alternative-energy entrepreneur is fixated on trash--collecting it, that is. "The U.S. spends more than $45 billion a year to haul away garbage," Poss explains. "That's 180,000 diesel-burning trucks on our streets every day." Plus, those trucks roll, spewing pollution in their wake, whether trash cans are full or empty. As Poss puts it, "I just knew there had to be a better way." So he invented one: the solar-powered BigBelly Cordless Compaction System.

More than 300 BigBellys line streets from Massachusetts to California today, and their appeal is easy to see. Once BigBellys...

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