How can we improve our waste recycling systems?
In our modern world the lifestyle of people is changing in an eco-friendly way. Everyone tries to reduce waste as much as possible and simultaneously everyday objects transform to smart intelligent objects. So it should come as little surprise that even within industries that are traditionally late adopters of new technologies, forward-thinking ideas in terms of waste reduction and energy savings arise.
Last year, Victor Stanley, an international designer and manufacturer of premium outdoor furnishings, introduced a new generation of connected, intelligent waste receptacles. They are smart enough, in fact, to save an estimated 20%–40% on litter and recycling collection expenses each year.
GPS tracking of waste decreases carbon footprint
Traditional static systems allow for some receptacles to overﬁll before they are collected, while others that sit empty are collected anyway. Using GPS in conjunction with other sensors, the new litter receptacles of Victor Stanley only need to be emptied when they are full. So these smart receptacles not only save time, but also decrease fuel costs, carbon footprints and unsightly waste overﬂows. Monitoring of containers provides a holistic view of an area’s trash and recycling status, and improves landﬁll diversion rates.
What does this all mean from a practical perspective? Put simply, it means that the hospitals, campuses, municipalities and individuals charged with waste control can now employ networks of connected receptacles and software that enable collection plannings and routings that are substantially more eﬃcient.
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