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