August 18, 2010
Michael Geller has collected interesting idea from Spain, on its blog, including one he thinks could improve the look of our dumpsters:
But may be we can go one step beyond, and remove them altogether from sight by putting them underground to have something looking more like this:
Buried dumpster become a common fixture in Europe, and often, they are mounted on a lifting platform looking like it when opened:
You can check  to see how it works. That said, some other “buried” dumpster systems exist , and could be certainly worth to be explored, not only for collection of household and commercial waste, but also to replace too often overflowing bins on Granville Mall and elsewhere, and that could allow to fully exploit the potential of our alleys like Seattle has did for some of them:
 this youtube video illustrates how can wok the lift system
 another system, not relying anymore on rolling dumpster, can be view in demonstration on this youtube video.