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Gaon Street Light/Wastebasket Turns Trash Into Flash

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Designed by Haneum Lee, the Gaon street light/wastebasket concept composts biodegradable waste and uses the methane by-product to power its light, saving energy and eliminating waste while lighting the streets. It’s a bright idea – or is it?

gaon street light wastebasket 1

I like how one simple gadget can help solve a couple of environmental issues, but I’m not too sure if the Gaon can be turned into a real product. For starters, how much trash is needed to produce a decent amount of methane, and how long will it take before the trash produces the gas? And remember, only biodegradable waste will produce the methane, but in urban areas a large part of the waste comes in the form of plastic, glass and other non-biodegradable materials.

gaon street light wastebasket 2

Still, Lee is onto something here. You think a version of the Gaon could work in real life?

[via Yanko Design via DVICE]