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City of Greater Bendigo implement Bigbelly Smart Waste System

We are pleased to welcome City of Greater Bendigo to the Solar Bins Australia family. The Council have recently purchased a Bigbelly Duo General Waste & Recycling Solar Compacting station which has been installed within the high-trafficked Hargreaves Mall area.

With the aim of creating an optimised, smarter waste management system, over the coming months we look forward to seeing the Bigbelly Duo Station help to decrease the number of waste collections required in this area. This will lead to huge operational savings for the Council as well as helping to keep the area cleaner and litter-free for visitors and the community.

The Bigbelly Solar Compactor functions by using solar energy to automatically compact the collected waste once it hits fill-level sensors located inside of the station. This means that a single unit can hold up to 660 liters of compacted waste which is five times the capacity of a standard rubbish bin! Further, when the Bigbelly has reached fullness capacity, a text or email is sent to the collection team letting them know that a station is ready for collection. We are looking forward to assisting City of Greater Bendigo with maintaining an optimised smart waste management system for many years to come.

Solar Bins help Cairns Regional Council to reduce waste collections by 80%

Bigbelly Single Recycling Solar Compactor belonging to Cairns Regional Council © Solar Bins Australia

12 months ago, Solar Bins Australia partnered with AFN Solutions and Cairns Regional Council which saw the installation of 4 Bigbelly Solar Compacting Recycling Bins. The Bigbellys were installed in several high-trafficked areas with the aim of providing a smarter, more sustainable waste management system as well as increasing recycling opportunities within the community.

Since installation, the Bigbelly stations have compacted their way through over 50,000 litres of recycling waste. Furthermore, average monthly waste collections have been reduced by 80% which has consequently enabled huge operational savings for the Council.

So how does a Bigbelly work? The Bigbelly uses the power of the sun to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compaction unit inside of the station. This means that as waste fills up inside of the bin, it will eventually reach two, fill-level sensors that are located on either side which in turn trigger the compaction unit to squash the collected waste.

The result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin.

The Bigbelly then notifies the collection team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only need to be emptied when they are full.

As well creating a more efficient, smart waste management system, Bigbellys also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter. The hopper design is also paramount in ensuring that members of the public are safe and without access to the internal compactor at all times.

Our latest BB5 models are now also being shipped with a hopper sensor as standard. The addition of a hopper sensor means that that the hopper is now able to collect critical data about the station such as how many times the hopper has been opened each day, or if there have been any hopper jams etc.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Cairns Regional Council and for assisting them in maintaining an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about how our smart waste technology could benefit your business or organisation, please feel free to speak with our friendly team on 1300 893 610 or via email sales@solarbins.com.au. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks in advance.

Townsville City Council’s Smart Waste journey…12 months on

 

 

12 months ago, Solar Bins Australia partnered with Townsville City Council which saw the installation of 12 Bigbelly General Waste and Recycling Solar Compactors along Gregory Street in the suburb of North Ward. The Bigbellys were installed with the aim of providing a smarter, more sustainable waste management system to students and visitors, assisting Townsville City in becoming one of Queensland’s smartest cities.

Since installation, the solar-powered stations have compacted their way through over 190,000 litres of recycling and general waste. Furthermore, average monthly waste collections have been reduced by 63% which has enabled huge operational savings for the Council.

So how does the Bigbelly Solar Compactor work? The Bigbelly uses the power of the sun to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compaction unit inside of the station. This means that as waste fills up inside of the bin, it will eventually reach two, fill-level sensors that are located on either side which in turn trigger the compaction unit to squash the collected waste.

The result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin.

 

 

The Bigbelly then notifies the collection team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only need to be emptied when they are full.

As well creating a more efficient waste management system, Bigbellys also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter. The hopper design is also paramount in ensuring that members of the public are safe and without access to the internal compactor at all times.

Our latest BB5 models are now also being shipped with a hopper sensor as standard. The addition of a hopper sensor means that that the hopper is now able to collect critical data about the station such as how many times the hopper has been opened each day, or if there have been any hopper jams etc.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Townsville City Council and for assisting them in maintaining an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about how our smart waste technology could benefit your business or organisation, feel free to speak with our friendly team on 1300 893 610 or via email at sales@solarbins.com.au.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks in advance.

 

Smarter Waste Management for South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne Market is the quintessential village Market. The home of fresh, local produce and where the community comes to shop, meet, eat and drink. The market attracts a huge volume of foot-traffic, with over 5 million annual visitors. Earlier in the year the Market, won the Institute of Public Affairs Australia’s Victorian Environmental Sustainability Award, sponsored by Sustainability Victoria in Melbourne.

“As community expectations about environmental sustainability grows and waste disposal costs rise, it’s clear that the South Melbourne’s market is hitting the mark on both counts,” Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said.

“The South Melbourne Market’s comprehensive program could be applied to other markets and shopping centres, not just in Melbourne, but around Australia,” Mr Krpan said.

“The City of Port Phillip, market management and the businesses that operate there are doing a great job to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping vulnerable people in the community.”

Back in August 2017, as part of an initiative to further implement a more sustainable waste management system, City of Port Phillip installed 3 eye-catching Bigbelly Solar Compactors around zones receiving the highest volumes of foot traffic within the Market area. Since installation, the Bigbellys have collected over 180,000 litres of waste and more importantly reduced waste collection frequency by 89%.

So how does the Bigbelly Solar Compactor work? The Bigbelly uses the power of the sun to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compaction unit inside of the station. This means that as waste fills up inside of the bin, it will eventually reach two, fill-level sensors that are located on either side which in turn trigger the compaction unit to squash the collected waste.

The result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin.The Bigbelly then importantly notifies the collection team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only need to be emptied when they are full.

As well creating a more efficient waste management system, Bigbellys also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter. The hopper design is also paramount in ensuring that members of the public are safe and without access to the internal compactor at all times.

Our latest BB5 models are now also being shipped with a hopper sensor as standard. The addition of a hopper sensor means that that the hopper is now able to collect critical data about the station such as how many times the hopper has been opened each day, or if there have been any hopper jams etc.

We look forward to our continued partnership with South Melbourne Market and for assisting them in maintaining an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.

If you would like to find out more about our smart, sustainable waste management technology, feel free to call 1300 693 810 to speak with one of our smart waste experts or email leon@solarbins.com.au.

Thanks in advance.

Curtin University use Solar Bins to optimise waste management on campus

12 months ago, Solar Bins Australia partnered with the largest institution of higher education in Western Australia, Curtin University, and installed 2 Bigbelly Duo General Waste and Recycling Solar Compactors in different high-trafficked locations on the University Campus. The Bigbellys were installed with the aim of providing a smarter, more sustainable waste management system to students and visitors.

Since installation, the smart waste stations have compacted their way through over 100,000 litres of recycling and general waste. Furthermore, average monthly waste collections on campus have been reduced by 90% which has enabled huge operational savings for the University. Due to the success of initial smart waste installation, Curtin added to their fleet by installing another Bigbelly Duo Solar Compactor on campus earlier in the year.

So how does a Bigbelly work? The Bigbelly uses the power of the sun to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compaction unit inside of the station. This means that as waste fills up inside of the bin, it will eventually reach two, fill-level sensors that are located on either side which in turn trigger the compaction unit to squash the collected waste.

The result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin.

The Bigbelly then notifies the collection team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only need to be emptied when they are full.

As well creating a more efficient waste management system, Bigbellys also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter. The hopper design is also paramount in ensuring that members of the public are safe and without access to the internal compactor at all times.

Our latest BB5 models are now also being shipped with a hopper sensor as standard. The addition of a hopper sensor means that that the hopper is now able to collect critical data about the station such as how many times the hopper has been opened each day, or if there have been any hopper jams etc.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Curtin University and for assisting them in maintaining an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.

For more information on our smart waste technology, please get in touch on 1300 893 610 or leon@solarbins.com.au.

Thanks in advance.

Smart Waste Success for The City of Canada Bay

 

Back in December 2015, Solar Bins Australia partnered with the City of Canada Bay and installed 10 Bigbelly Solar Compactors in various high-trafficked locations. The Bigbellys were installed with the aim of providing a smarter, more sustainable waste management system.

Since installation, the smart waste stations have compacted their way through 340,000 litres of recycling and general waste. Furthermore, since installation, average monthly waste collections have reduced significantly by 68% which has enabled huge operational savings for Canada Bay.

So how does the Bigbelly Solar Compactor work?

The Bigbelly Solar Compactor uses the power of the sun to charge a 12-volt battery which powers a compaction unit inside of the station. This means that as waste fills up inside of the bin, it will eventually reach two, fill-level sensors that are located on either side which in turn trigger the compaction unit to squash the collected waste.

The result is that the Bigbelly can collect 5 times the amount of waste as a standard 120L wheelie bin.

 

 

The Bigbelly then notifies the collection team when it is ready for collection via text or email notification, meaning that the bins only need to be emptied when they are full.

As well creating a more efficient waste management system, Bigbellys also keep waste contained with the flagship hopper design which means waste overflow is prevented as well as pest access and wind-blown litter. The hopper design is also paramount in ensuring that members of the public are safe and without access to the internal compactor at all times.

Our latest BB5 models are now also being shipped with a hopper sensor as standard. The addition of a hopper sensor means that that the hopper is now able to collect critical data about the station such as how many times the hopper has been opened each day, or if there have been any hopper jams etc.

We look forward to our continued partnership with the City of Canada Bay and for assisting them in maintaining an optimised, smart waste management system for many years to come.

Smartsensor showcased at KPMG’s IoT Innovation Expo

The Internet of Things (IoT) world continues to evolve at speed. It is unlocking numerous opportunities to accelerate efficiency, sustainability, liveability and economic outcomes across multiple domains including Smart Cities, connected transport and other ‘smart’ infrastructure. This emerging technology is both complex and fast-moving. Understanding the players and what this market offers can prove challenging.

To help de-mystify this challenge, KPMG hosted an IoT Innovation Expo on the 7th June 2018, in Sydney. The Expo focused on Smart Cities, Smart Precincts and Smart Infrastructure. We were privileged to have been invited by KPMG to attend the Expo as an exhibitor, showcasing our revolutionary Smart Waste product, Smartsensor.

In this video Piers Hogarth-Scott, KPMG Australia’s National IoT Practice Leader, speaks to different exhibitors, including Solar Bins Australia.  He explores the range of IoT innovations showcased at the Expo which provided attendees the opportunity to go ‘hands-on’ to see real-life solutions in action – Solar Bins feature at 3.28:

For more information about how Smartsensor or any of our Smart Waste solutions can optimise your waste management system, please do not hesitate to reach out on 1300 893 610 or 0408 060 827 or leon@solarbins.com.au.

Thanks in advance.

Link to original article: https://home.kpmg.com/au/en/home/insights/2018/07/iot-innovation-network-interview-smart-cities-expo-2018.html

Intelligent Waste Series 2 – How IoT is driving a new era of Waste Management

Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of speaking at CeBIT Australia 2018, APAC’s largest & longest running B2B technology exhibition & conference – where I spoke about the ways in which IoT technology is now driving a new era of Waste Management. The Intelligent Waste Series 2 is a 4-part series that looks at the concept of IoT-enabled ‘smart’ waste management and explores ideas that I shared with the CeBIT audience earlier in the year. I hope you enjoy the read…

Missed Chapter 3? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/intelligent-waste-series-2-how-iot-driving-new-era-management-hayes-1d/

Chapter 4 – Is Waste Management the Trojan Horse in Smart Cities?

It is my personal belief that Waste Management is the Trojan Horse in Smart Cities.

And it is the enablement of Smart Waste Management powered by IOT that is the entry level, grass roots foundation that Smarter Cities can grow from. If we don’t manage our waste, as Sir Ed said, how can be build a city of political security, prosperity, order, and peace.” Many Smart City projects are invasive, navigate long approval process and often have long term ROI’s. Whilst bins, they are on every corner, in every park, of every street, of every city, globally.

Waste management is the grass roots, pavement pounding, coal face of integration of IOT into the Smarter Cities of Today. The integration of chips, sensors, data is providing real time capability to improve business practices.

What if we could keep track of wasted food volumes in supermarkets and restaurants? Would restaurateurs be more incentivised when then know exactly how much waste they are generating and how this effects their bottom line? Imagine if we could track waste containers and high land contaminant containers such as insecticide containers or paint tins in a waste ledger or waste blockchain tracking it from manufacture, to purchase, to use to disposal and provide credits to the customer for correct disposal for their next purchase. All of this is available through Waste IOT.

Imagine if long term, high cost waste contracts could become a thing of the past. Imagine if a businesses waste container communicated the location, volume, fill level, waste type and contamination percentage to a passing by waste truck who accepted the waste collection job on demand.This would change everything.

The smart waste management market is projected to grow from just over a billion US dollars this year to 2.3 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.9% This increase is due to the number of smart city initiatives and strict regulations imposed by regulating bodies for environment protection and waste disposal. Australian companies have led the way in the development of these waste management IOT technologies with the build of sensors, platforms, navigational systems and communications integration being done right here in Sydney, and other leading cities of the country.

The Internet of Bins opens new possibilities for interconnecting the community, bins, vehicles and waste companies to provide customised and optimised collection services with minimum cost.

Add to this the evolution of electric driverless collection vehicles and you can imagine the future with a very positive approach. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already reshaping the waste industry…Right now, we don’t have enough people working on this. We don’t have enough solutions. But over time we will not only see the rise of the internet of things, but in my case and more eloquently, the Internet of Bins.

Our world can’t afford to not make a change. Let’s help every waste team, everywhere become more efficient.

I hope you have enjoyed the final instalment from Intelligent Waste Series 2, look out for more publications coming soon. As always, if my team, including or I can assist with any of your waste management needs please do not hesitate to reach out on 1330 893 610 or 0408 060 827 or leon@solarbins.com.au

Intelligent Waste Series 2 – How IoT is driving a new era of Waste Management

 

Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of speaking at CeBIT Australia 2018, APAC’s largest & longest running B2B technology exhibition & conference – where I spoke about the ways in which IoT technology is now driving a new era of Waste Management. The Intelligent Waste Series 2 is a 4-part series that looks at the concept of IoT-enabled ‘smart’ waste management and explores ideas that I shared with the CeBIT audience earlier in the year. I hope you enjoy the read…

Missed Chapter 2? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/intelligent-waste-series-2-how-iot-driving-new-era-management-hayes-1e/

Chapter 3 – What is a Smart Waste City?

A Cities mandate for the is to start with the perspective of the users of the city or customers of the city – the residents, rate payers, students, workers, visitors, business owners – by saying, ‘what can smart cities do to improve the liveability, prosperity and sustainability of our city for them?’” A Smart Waste City asks, not only how can we make it easier to dispose of waste, but what is the best was to collect it monitor it and process it. They ask, how can that waste be transferred to exactly the right company at exactly the right time, to process it, in the most sustainable, closed loop way, rather than sending to land fill. They ask, how can count waste in real time. 24/7.

As an example, Melbourne’s population is expected to double over the next 35 years and is expected to be bigger than Sydney by 2053,”. Over that period, global temperatures will continue to rise, which will have implications for infrastructure and liveability. Today, waste trucks visit bins throughout the city up to 5-6 times per day. Travelling along Elizabeth Street collecting bins at 8:30 in the morning can take upwards of 45 minutes for a resource intensive vehicle to collect no more than 20 bins.

Over the past 2 years Melbourne has worked to compile a business case on the benefits of connected bins. Considering a between 18% and 23% of a Council’s budget goes on waste management it is certainly valid. After proving this business case, the city will now see over 400 connected bins working to assist collection teams in reducing waste truck movements by 70-80% in the CBD. They are now able to collect once a day, during the very early morning, rather than 6 times a day in peak hour.

We’ve never had that real time capability before. This data can be then places in the cloud and shared with any entrepreneur or company who can seek to do something positive and proactively.

Globally, organisations such as Vodafone are providing the connectivity required for these Smart Waste Management Operations in cities with technology such as RFID and GPRS solutions. In Germany their IOT Sims are providing trucks with directions to previously missed bins, improving customer service KPI’s and improving safety records. They are disproving hit and run incidents and working to allow journeys to be optimised to avoid unnecessary trips to half-empty containers and collection points.

Closer to home, at the Sydney Fish Market, has identified savings of up to 75% in collection activity from a recent IOT Smart Waste deployment lead by some of Australia’s leading corporate organisations for the Internet of Things Alliance of Australia. Things are changing.

If we travel north to Port Stephens, they are in the process of installing Australia’s first Wi-Fi network powered entirely from a bin. That’s right, no cables, no wires, just a solar powered rubbish bin providing free public Wi-Fi access. These can already be found along Orchid Rd in Singapore and throughout the boroughs of New York.

I hope you have enjoyed the third instalment from Intelligent Waste Series 2, look out on Monday for the final Chapter 4 – Is Waste Management the Trojan Horse in Smart Cities?

As always, if my team, including or I can assist with any of your waste management needs please do not hesitate to reach out on 1330 893 610 or 0408 060 827 or leon@solarbins.com.au

Intelligent Waste Series 2 – How IoT is driving a new era of Waste Management

Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of speaking at CeBIT Australia 2018, APAC’s largest & longest running B2B technology exhibition & conference – where I spoke about the ways in which IoT technology is now driving a new era of Waste Management. The Intelligent Waste Series 2 is a 4-part series that looks at the concept of IoT-enabled ‘smart’ waste management and explores ideas that I shared with the CeBIT audience earlier in the year. I hope you enjoy the read…

CHAPTER 1 – The Challenges of Waste Management in the 21st Century

Sir Edwin Chadwick was an English social reformer who is noted for his work to reform and to improve sanitation and public health in the United Kingdom. He is known by many as the God Father of Waste Management as he knew that waste was going to become a very, very big issue. In 1854 he stated, “In a sentence, low sanitary conditions of populations are everywhere the sources of irritations, of despair, of disorder; whilst high sanitary conditions are the sources of satisfaction, of political security, prosperity, order, and peace.” A message that certainly remains as the foundation of our cities today.

On 16 February 2016, the Australian population reached 24 million people. Australians now produce over 50 million tonnes of waste each year, averaging over 2 tonnes per person annually. There are now more of us and we generate more waste per person, each year than ever before. Over half of the population of the world live in cities today, this population is growing at the rate of 3 million people per week. Over the next 20 years that equates to about 2 billion more people living in cities and unfortunately our cities aren’t well prepared for that.

Globally our cities generate 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste annually and this volume is expected to double in the next 10 years. Whilst this growing problem exists, we need better ways to manage it, collect it and sort it and process it. There is just one fairly large issue, waste management practices have remained relatively unchanged for the best part of a century.

It’s not easy keeping our cities clean, it takes more than hard work and gut instinct. It takes a team. Teams that must face seemingly impossible tasks, from overflowing bins, to congestion to ever increasing populations. These teams are going to need some help.

The challenges of global cities are changing rapidly. As we use more and more of that finite resource of clean drinking water. As we continue to farm our lands to the point of devastation. As we create more waste, we are going to have to think very differently about how we solve these problems. Our tendency is to think about solving problems the way we have always done so, but there’s a completely different degree complexity that has emerged here now in the 21st Century.

I often think about our waste management system and the general course of thought and recourse to overflows and extra collections is to just add another bin. Because if you add another bin, that will give us extra capacity right?

It turns out that it doesn’t work out that way. As we add another bin, the population grows, the bins fill up, the community expands to other areas. Until now, collecting waste has been done using fixed routes and schedules that requires a lot of manual planning.

Containers are collected on a set schedule whether they are full or not. This causes unnecessary costs, poor equipment utilisation, wear and tear on the roads and excessive emissions. From static collection schedules and fixed routes, trucks have until now travelled from bin, to bin to bin. Waste trucks and haulers are clogging our streets and becoming more hazard than help. That’s a 20th Century solution.

21st Century thinking is “Do we need really need that extra bin, is every bin in that area really that full? When did we last collect and is that being done at exactly the right time, in exactly the right place? As the population grow, where will they live? Where will they generate waste and where will they dispose of it?

That’s thinking differently. That’s 21st Century thinking.

I hope you have enjoyed the first instalment from Intelligent Waste Series 2, look out tomorrow for Chapter 2 – Smart Waste Management & Connected Cities!

As always, if my team, including or I can assist with any of your waste management needs please do not hesitate to reach out on 1330 893 610 or 0408 060 827 or leon@solarbins.com.au