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Data-powered street furniture

Columbus, OH
Data-powered street furniture

By using built-in sensors, trash and recycle bins can detect how full they are and call for collection only when it is needed.

Finland, for example, is making collecting the garbage smarter with its own product Enevo, a system that records when collections are made, allowing operators to predict when the bins will be full. This data is especially useful in winter when bin usage in certain areas goes down, such as when people stop fishing. Previously, waste management companies didn’t have access to any of this information, but the smart garbage systems are making collections fewer, smarter - and more importantly - they involve less fuel, so are cheaper to run and are better for environment.

The University of Washington has found an interesting way of making rubbish bins more energy efficient with a high-tech solution. Instead of wasting 61% of rubbish, the university introduced solar-powered kiosks that collect, compost, and recycle garbage.

The kiosk is powered by solar energy and programmed to send out text alerts when the bin needs emptying. The wireless communication is possible thanks to sensors, turning the bin into a green machine, allowing the university to hold 500% more waste, reduce the number of collections by four or five per week, and decrease energy consumption.

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This would be a good pilot project!