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While Toronto is testing Monster Garbage Cans that look like multiplex theatres, Berlin is installing cute (ad-free, orange, solar-powered) talking trash cans:

Agency spokesman Thomas Klockner told CNN the bins are becoming increasingly popular — although sometimes people are surprised to hear the bin talk.

“It is a surprise because you don’t expect a waste bin to talk. If you put something inside and it says, ‘thank you’ or ‘welcome to Berlin,’ you are amazed,” he said.

“But then you start talking with your friends about it, ‘Hey, I passed by a waste bin and it talked to me,’ so people get the idea of using these waste bins into their minds in a funny way.'”