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April 23, 2004

Ich Bin Ein...Bin

Talking rubbish bins have been put up in Berlin to help keep the city's streets clean. The bins, which come in five different types, have a solar panel that provides the energy for the electronic voice. A photo sensor registers rubbish thrown into the bin and sets off the recorded message. The types of bin include Susi Schlau (Smart Susie) which thanks passers-by for throwing junk into her in English, French and Japanese. Hitlist Harry rewards tidy people with a song, while Siggi Sport rewards anybody who uses him with a stadium-style "Goal, Goal, Goooooooaaaal!" scream.

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