Modern municipal waste management solutions

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Think about how your city picks up trash. A likely scenario is that the municipal waste management truck drives past your home or building every Tuesday and Thursday picking up trash, regardless of how much trash you have in your bin. Maybe this week they came to your house just to pick up two small plastic grocery bags that are worth garbage. Maybe you had a party a week before, on Saturday, and it would have been nice if they came to pick up your mountain of trash on Monday instead.

Modern design of municipal waste management

Modern municipal waste management solutions revolve around predetermined schedules and routes for garbage collection. The design of these systems is not human-centric and is often ineffective or ineffective. The latter makes sense, given that these operations began at the end of the 19th century. However, the problem is only getting worse. As the world’s population grows and cities become denser, it is important that we collectively implement smart waste management solutions to combat the rapid and further increase in waste generation. A variety of applications, powered by IoT, can help cities and municipalities better manage waste management.

Fill gaps

There is a clear gap that IoT can help fill when it comes to improving municipal waste management solutions. There is a significant lack of useful data available to waste managers to:

1. Test where inefficiencies exist in their operations and
2. Improve these inefficiencies by leveraging data

Municipal waste management can leverage IoT applications to ensure waste management practices are more efficient and ensure waste management practices are more sustainable, create significant cost savings for stakeholders, and improve all stages of the process. municipal waste management process.

The power is in the data

When it comes to IoT and waste management, the power is in the data. As companies and governments can collect more data about the environment and their business processes, they can improve systems and reduce costs.

A good example is illustrated by how cities carry out garbage collection, described above. One way to improve this process by orders of magnitude is to embed fill-level sensors in residential trash cans and recycling bins, city-owned dumpsters, and public trash cans. When IoT data on dumpster and bin fill levels is made available, cities and waste management companies can manage garbage and solid waste collection with optimized collection routes. In fact, cities and municipalities can reduce the number of garbage collections each week by collecting garbage just in time, rather than on a set schedule.

In the future, the advent of improved technologies and equipment will only improve municipal waste management. To see an example of what a municipal waste management solution could look like, see Leverege’s article Demonstration video of the municipal waste management solution, produced in collaboration with Google.

Melissa C. Keyes