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In today’s consumer-driven space, efficient waste collection is deemed a necessity. There’s ample opportunity across smart technology to tap into better and improved waste collection services. Usually, most municipalities rely on waste collectors to operate at fixed timings by collecting and emptying the waste bins into a dumpyard. This could prove to be inefficient, and underutilize the area’s waste resources, especially if it becomes landfill waste. It could also eat into other natural resources like energy and fuel when mismanaged.

Ensuring waste materials – be it organic, plastics or other forms of waste like asbestos and cement – are collected using smart tech solutions can help towards meeting sustainability goals and reduce costs. Sustainability goals include measures like zero waste and fighting climate change.

Smart tech comes packed with features like waste fill levels, temperature indicators and other data used for transportation and analysis.

Despite technological advancements constantly evolving by the day, smart technology is still in its infancy. Although it is still under research and development, waste management solutions are gaining international traction particularly due to the growing use of Internet of Things (IOT)-powered waste bins.

In a research study, it was highlighted that the industry would grow at a little over 16 percent as compounded annual growth rate. The report tags the market to a growth of $223.6 million over the next six years. Better yet, the increasing availability of better and smarter technology, along with inexpensive options in the market will drive the need for nationwide waste management programs, helping curb health and medical issues across the country.

Along with cities rolling out smart bins for collecting waste, many municipal authorities are also partnering with tech companies to provide sensor-backed street lamps and traffic lights within the community. Civic authorities are turning to wi-fi enabled bins that run on solar energy to alert and track the waste collection. The use of better e-commerce software, monitoring tools, and mobile apps has also ensured the safety of the driver.

Investing in smart tech towards waste management can also tackle issues with improper recycling. Millions of tons of trash are dumped into lands every year, but its negative impacts are sometimes ignored in the short-term. Over a longer duration, it can cause environmental hazards and largely contribute towards reducing global emissions.

Bigger companies are not shying away from executing and running successful waste management systems. Upgrading to cleaner, smarter tech for waste management – even if it’s  a small-scale initiative – can reduce the complex mechanism for pickups, service and bill payments. It will facilitate safer and more efficient waste management services, while still lowering the environmental impact.