TikTok of Switzerland’s underground garbage system goes viral

People across the globe have been awe-struck by the genius way public bins get emptied in some European countries.

While Australian councils send workers out to manually empty standard bins concealed within metal structures, places like Switzerland take a very different approach.

As highlighted in a TikTok video shared recently, large trucks with a mechanical crane arm attached are used to empty massive underground public waste reserves.

The arm is shown in the video pulling on a relatively small pole to unearth a huge metal container filled with the public’s rubbish.

The jaw-dropping footage reveals how tiny the viewable part of the bin is relative to what’s hidden beneath the footpath.

People across the globe have been awe-struck by the genius way public bins get emptied in Switzerland.
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The genius underground system allows for mammoth volumes of garbage to be held and collected without taking up any more space than a regular street bin.

Given only a small amount of waste is kept at street level, areas are also not as subject to bad odors as they otherwise would be.

Sulo Iceberg underground rubbish systems exist in more than 50,000 locations across Europe, with each one concealing 5000 liters of waste.

“On average, only 1/3 of the area of conventional container zones is needed,” the company boasts on its website.

The machine's arm is shown pulling on a relatively small pole to unearth a huge metal container filled with the public’s garbage.
The machine’s arm is shown pulling on a relatively small pole to unearth a huge metal container filled with the public’s garbage.

The genius underground system allows for large volumes of garbage to be held and collected without taking up any more space than a regular street bin.
The genius underground system allows for large volumes of garbage to be held and collected without taking up any more space than a regular street bin.

The TikTok reveals how tiny the viewable part of the bin is relative to what’s hidden beneath the footpath.
The TikTok reveals how tiny the viewable part of the bin is relative to what’s hidden beneath the footpath.

“This opens up exciting design space for planners, while residents enjoy additional space, hygiene and safety.”

Waste levels inside each bin are measured digitally every hour and control centers are automatically sent an alert when they need emptying

This allows for bins to only be emptied when needed and avoids bins being emptied when they’re only partially full.

The video, shared the caption, “only in Switzerland,” has been viewed close to 10 million times in just three days.

Dozens rushed to correct the author that it was actually operating in far more European locations including Portugal, Scotland, Finland, Norway and Germany.

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