Growing Role of IoT (Internet of Things) in Waste Management

The reality nowadays is that if you even just blink once you may well miss a major development in technology that would be the talk of the town for months, that is if it weren’t hundreds of other developments occurring at pretty much the same time. We are fairly simple folks here at Load n’ Lift, and as you’ll know our expertise is all in waste removal and disposal for Colborne and Trenton areas of Ontario. You’ll never find us engineering software now or at any time in the foreseeable future, but when it comes to Trenton disposal bin rentals we know our stuff, although maybe not in a way that’s as impressive as web development.

Where we’re going with all of this is the fact that in the last decade plus there’s been the building of a different type of Internet, and specifically with the Internet of Things. Without veering too far off topic, the IoT is a means of using the web to connect everyday devices to the Internet and each other when they have computing devices embedded in them. Google’s pursuit of self-driving cars might be the most dramatic example of how this technology is starting to be incorporated, but it’s also seen in smart thermostats and other devices that you might already be utilizing in your home.

What’s most interesting for us given what we do is that the Internet of Things also has a lot of potential for applications in waste management, and with an eye on making it MUCH more efficient, far-reaching, and cost-effective. That’s what we’ll look at with our blog entry here for this month, and it certainly is an interesting topic.

Eco Concerns with Waste Globally

Better and more responsible waste management is a global concern. Not long ago a world Bank report indicated that around 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste is generated every year around the world. 33% of that waste is not managed in a way that is in line with ecology interests and not being harmful to the environment. Waste pickup and disposal in Trenton and Colborne is smaller scale in comparison, but waste management in many densely populated urban areas around North American and elsewhere is a major problem.

When this management is done improperly it promotes environmental contamination, and in developing countries one of the most pressing problems is this greatly increased the risk of certain diseases spreading. Now if we look ahead to 2050, this amount of solid waste generation is estimated to grow to 3.40 billion tonnes.

The good news is that IoT waste management systems can help. They are already being employed for modern supply chains. IoT waste management systems have already become very valuable with the way they have been optimizing and automating most of the processes in the industry. Industry experts say IoT adoption is far more significant on the supply chain side.

Smart City Application

Smart city infrastructure will incorporate IoT technology to collect data of personal vehicles, buildings, public transport, components of urban infrastructures such as power grids and waste management systems, and the individual citizens themselves. Real-time data derived from it will be used by municipalities to help manage these systems. Local authorities are still getting accustomed to IoT waste management as they aim to reduce municipal waste. But hopefully it is embraced the way IoT has been for other interests – estimates are that over 70% of cities have deployed IoT systems for security, traffic, and water level monitoring.

Rapid population increases in major cities pushes the need for IoT to be a part of civic waste management practices, and this is certainly something we can relate to here in Ontario and in the GTA in particular. We are just outside of it with dumpster rentals in Colborne and Trenton, but populations are growing in smaller Ontario cities too.

IoT promises to get rid of operational inefficiencies in waste management too, and the greatest application it likely will have is in route management for the vehicle fleet being used to collect municipal waste. This will reduce fuel consumption too – another huge plus considering the current world we are living in.

Other Proven Benefits

IoT in waste management has other immediate benefits that will be seen when widespread implementation of the technology occurs:

  • Reduced Waste Collection Costs
  • No Missed Pickups (trash bins that can communicate when they’re full and need to be picked up, for example)
  • Waste Generation Analysis
  • Reduced Carbon Dioxide Emission with route management optimization
  • Efficient Recycling

Overall management of waste collection, sorting, segregation and categorization is going to benefit from a smart waste management system that is wired to take advantage of IoT. By employing IoT in waste management, waste management companies can increase operational efficiency.

Anyone with a major project underway in this area can get it right the first time by calling Load n’ Lift for Colborne disposal bin rentals and to have responsible waste disposal where your bin is dropped off and then picked up once you’ve filled it. We then dispose of waste in the best manner as per Provincial guidelines and you’ve got rid of everything you needed to from the site. Need more bins at a later date? We can arrange that for you too, and there’s no job that’s too big for us.

Load n’ Lift is best for Trenton area waste disposal, and keep in mind like always that ever bin rental puts you in a 4x per year draw for a $250 gift card. We’re proud to have been serving this area for 15 years now, and it’s a gesture around just how much we appreciate your business.

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