The fight against climate change is on, and Madison, Wisconsin has just made a huge contribution to the efforts. The city recently unveiled two new trash compactors.

These trash compactors will replace the work of idling diesel trucks. This is definitely a move for the better. However, the environment-friendly aspect is not the most striking thing about these trash compactors.

The city has opted to name one of the trash compactors after iconic wrestler, Steve Austin, calling it “Stone Cold Squeeze Often.” This is definitely one way to pay homage to a legend.

The second compactor was named “Rosie the Rubbisher,” a nod to World War II folk figure, Rosie the Riveter, who was meant to inspire women to join the workforce during the war. Obviously, they had some fun with naming their equipment.


The names of the compactors were picked through a voting process on the city’s website. The city claims that the new compactors will save up to 356 gallons of diesel every week, or 188 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, helping push Madison towards a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2030.

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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