Does Smart Waste Management make a City Smarter?
Waste generation and waste accumulation has been a major environmental challenge for India to date. The increasing population in urban areas coupled with poor infrastructure to handle the volumes of waste generated has led to impacts on the local environment and public health. India is actively working on finding new ways to address the challenges by leveraging technology and new processes for waste management, moving away from the traditional waste dump sites seen across the country. Programs such as the Swachh Bharat Mission, also known as “Clean India Mission”, has been put in place specifically focused on improving solid waste management.
“Solid wastes are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources but also a serious economic and public health problem.” – Jimmy Carter
Solid-waste management is defined as the collection, treatment and disposal of solid material which has served its purpose and is no longer useful. Improper implementation of solid-waste management can create unsanitary conditions which pollute the environment and increase the risk of introducing outbreaks of vector-borne diseases. To implement a successful solid-waste management process you must start with an efficient and streamlined approach in waste collection and transportation.
Collecting and Transporting
As waste is discarded, it is critical to monitor and manage the waste accumulation throughout the city. With proper waste collection methods cities can reduce environmental impacts and minimize the risk to public health. Although required, cities struggle to find cost-efficient ways to implement waste collection processes. Currently, cities are spending three-quarters of the overall solid-waste management budget on collection and transportation. Most of the costs are associated with personnel and operational activities such as fuel and maintenance of trash collection vehicles. Private companies have started to offer Solution-as-a-Service (SolaaS) where they offer to monitor, collect, and transport the solid-waste on behalf of the city reducing the city’s direct investments.
Many technological solutions are now being leveraged by cities throughout the country and are having positive impacts on India’s effort to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. One of these solutions is CleanBin, an end-to-end LoRaWAN® smart bin management solution, focused on converting existing waste bins to smart waste bins. CleanBin leverages low-cost wireless sensors deployed in waste bins to detect the solid-waste accumulation of the bin and provides data to waste management companies in real-time improving decision making and operational efficiencies. CleanBin not only provides alerts when waste accumulation is high but also optimizes waste collection routes reducing collection time and fuel energy.
The benefits of such solutions are vast and can drastically improve the overall solid-waste collection process. Some benefits are listed below to demonstrate the value add of deploying solutions such as CleanBin.
• Improvement in garbage haulage and waste management
• A reduction in the number of waste collections trips needed by up to 80%, resulting in less manpower, emissions, fuel use and traffic congestion
• A reduction in the number of waste bins needed
• Analytics data to manage collection routes and the placement of bins more effectively
• Improved environment (i.e. no overflowing bins and less unpleasant odours)
• Customer delight
• Maximize the return on your investment
• Maximize driver satisfaction
• Improve fleet fuel management
• Increase profitability
• Monitor & maximize vehicle efficiency
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Authored By- Rahul Kumar