SMART SENSORS AND DIGITALIZATION

Smart sensors in waste bins can optimize the process of waste collection, thereby increasing collection rates and reducing downstream waste management costs. 

TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government

KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Smart sensors can be incorporated with fleet management and intelligent routing software for a comprehensive waste collection process.

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    Collections: COLLECTION, DISPOSAL, RECYCLING


    THE PROBLEM

    90% of the world’s waste is collected at the wrong time. When it's picked-up too late, overflowing containers lead to waste in nature. When waste is collected too early, empty waste bins waste time and collection resources. Optimizing the waste collection time, can increase waste collection rates and reduce litter, while also reducing collection costs.

     

    THE SOLUTION

    Smart waste management is revolutionizing an industry facing a worldwide struggle to reduce costs while keeping our cities cleaner. An increasing number of people around the globe are realizing that the status quo is no longer acceptable and that the best solution is to develop and maintain smart waste management. Regardless of whether you represent a whole city, an organization, or a waste operator, the benefits from focusing on smart waste management are undeniable.

    Smart waste management solutions can reduce costs with improved route optimization, resource handling and monitoring. Here's how it works: 

    • Waste containers are equipped with a small sensor that measures the fill levels as well as a variety of other data points.
    • Waste managers can monitor in real time the waste bins that require servicing., with option to generate on-demand route maps that are optimized for the specific containers that need to be emptied.
    • Driver receive their daily routes that can include detailed navigation with turn-by-turn instructions and spoken directions.

     

    ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS

    Alternatives to smart sensors and digitalization of collection processes include manual checks, which can be time consuming, costly, and can be less effective in curbing plastic leakage.

     

    CASE STUDY EXAMPLES

    There are many smart bins and other receptacle sensors available in the marketplace, such as:

     

    The City of San Francisco deployed Nordsense and realized and 80% decrease in overflowing trash cans, 66% reduction in street cleaning requests, and 64% decrease in illegal dumping. See more info at: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/27/san-franciscos-trash-bins-get-smart/

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