In this Friday, May 24, 2013 photo, a student throws trash into a solar energy-powered garbage bin created by Ecube Labs CEO Kwon Sunbeom at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Instead, while... more 
In this Friday, May 24, 2013 photo, a student throws trash into a solar energy-powered garbage bin created by Ecube Labs CEO Kwon Sunbeom at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Instead, while his peers were seeking jobs at Samsung and LG, Kwon scaled back his studies and started a company with friends. Together they invented a garbage bin that compresses rubbish using solar power and wirelessly communicates to be collected when full. Using 50 million won ($44,000) of their own money and channeling the business in a garage spirit that made Silicon Valley famous, they lived for a month in a shabby factory without air conditioning, subsisting on instant noodles, to make their first prototype. So far they have sold 31 of their “Smart Bins” to universities in Seoul and another 12 to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ahn Young-joon
Thu, May 30, 2013 5:49 AM EDT