In June 2018, I had the pleasure to sit down with Waste Management Review, one of Australia’s leading waste management publications. The team at WMR were writing an article on smart waste management and the changing of the guard in waste management collection. The article covers some of the great work Australian cities and councils are doing in the smart waste space and deep dives into how Georges River, Hume and Wyndham City Councils are gaining more than just efficiency with their smart waste deployments… Please enjoy the final chapter of our exclusive 6 part series.

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Solar Bins Australia CEO Leon Hayes says that data is the foundation of a smart city and can provide insight for planners to make decisions quicker and provide a greater financial benefit.

Leon also explains that interoperability, which means the collusion of datasets and financially driven capabilities, allow cities to take what is already being done and engage with technology to remove hindrances.

He says connectivity of other data can reveal more about the city than just waste habits and provides a direct reflection of a city’s operational efficiency.

“We have the data from waste users to analyse what happened on any given day. It allows us to plan properly for events, and even predict where issues may occur in future and put measures in place prior to it occurring.”

“Replacing power poles, updating street parking and other smart infrastructure can be invasive to install, whereas bins or sensors can be set up in minutes.

“When governments and councils begin seeing the data, they’re able to consolidate different types of smart technology with the information they already have learned.

“Smart waste sensors are able to begin capturing data about the community and any changes it may be undergoing at a low cost.”

Leon says that councils are able to be more efficient with their waste collections, which can ultimately go towards saving the ratepayer money, with Solar Bins Australia saving businesses and governments anywhere from 40 to 80 per cent on their collection activities.

“By optimising for the future, you can reduce carbon emissions from trucks, as well as reduce the amount of times you need to send vehicles out to harder to reach areas,” he says.

Hume City Council has seen the benefits of Solar Bins in action, installing them last year. Sean Sciberras, Waste Manager for Hume City Council, says waste collections have reduced by 60 per cent. “As the population in the area grew, there was a need for more services and collections. “The bins have provided a cost-effective way of managing that increased demand,” Sean says. “They’ve gone into a mixture of high and low traffic areas, and in particular, in areas where there was a lot of litter that regular bins didn’t have the capacity to handle.” Hume City Council took advantage of its bin rollout to visit schools and engage the community, holding art competitions for designs on the bins.

“The community has really embraced the bins, and we’re able to service more areas now that we’re collecting waste more efficiently.”


Solar smart bins use as much energy as a Christmas tree lightbulb, and are able to function in shaded areas 24-hours a day. They’re also able to function indoors, powered by 240 volts, usually in airports or shopping centres. Neither model is energy intensive and they can use the power they generate for Wi-Fi, traffic management, or even people counting.

I hope you have enjoyed our first instalment from The Intelligent Waste Series, we will have new publications coming soon! As always, if my team 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 [email protected]

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