Monday, March 5, 2012

Chicago ponders blast-resistant trash cans

Chicago ponders blast-resistant trash cans

Chicago officials may purchase blast-resistant trash cans to reduce the impact of potential terrorist attacks.

The cans would "eliminate or significantly reduce fatalities, injuries and structural failures" if a bomb explodes inside of them, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The city is preparing to host President Barack Obama and other world leaders during the NATO and G-8 Summits in May, the paper reported.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s administration issued a "request for quotations" from companies interested in providing 56 cans.

In the request, it states that cans must contain and mitigate six pounds of pure TNT during an explosion.

New York removes its downtown garbage cans during New Year´s Eve festivities in Times Square and other events that could be terrorist targets.

Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Vince Bond at or 313-446-1653

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