IoT for a clean community -A better way of living

IoT still remains as an infancy phenomenon. Despite they drastically have started impacting & transforming the world around us. Every single thing from improvement in personal health, smart homes to smart cities, better bike-sharing systems to driverless cars, precision farming to better food safety, smarter factories to smart retail stores, sports, autonomous drones to waste management system was attainable with IoT and their links to a wide range of devices.

Well in this article we shall see about how IoT has optimized waste management collection systems.

As per stats, currently, the population of the world is 7.7 billion. It is gauged that an average person will produce 5.91 pounds of trash, with about 1.5 pounds being recyclable. This clearly bespeaks that waste collection is the far most essential and expected city service.

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Presently Municipal waste collection workers focus on emptying the containers as per schedule designed to them. This, in turn, is an inevitably inefficient process as there is an unnecessary fleet fuel consumption, poor usage of city assets, half full of bins only being emptied.

However, the anterior disadvantages are bowled over with municipality service workers and managers upgrading to smarter waste collection solution. Smart waste collection solutions allow them to track waste level, upload them to the cloud for further processing and analyzing. With smart upgrades like these municipality service managers are able to meet sustainable goals -Zero waste, improve service for residents, and reduce operational costs.

Connected IoT devices that constitutes smart waste collection system

The primary key component that makes up the smart waste collection system is a sensor. The sensor is placed in the lid of the garbage pits. As the trash in the garbage increases the distance between the sensor and trash bin decreases.

The senor technology elevates and connects an array of day-to-day objects to the internet to exchange information interactively. This real-time data thus generated is picked up by IoT sensors and are processed by typical ICs. The processed data is sent to the sanitary department. Further, IoT sensors give info on the temperature, location, and aids garbage truck drivers with the automated route (from the cloud via user interface/ smart app) for effective cleanup.

Ingression of this technology in garbage bins not only optimize fleet fuel consumption but also produce insights on the number of times they’re emptied and filled. These insights alongside with smart city systems can be efficacious in planning the better distribution of garbage -Increase disposal practice and reduce waste going into the landfill.


Leaner operations with escalated high-quality service is what IoT applications bring forth in waste management. An arising assemblage of interwoven autonomous systems are aiding us to manage everyday operations, are improving our experience and reducing carbon footprint. However, with everything becoming smarter around us. It’s our responsibility to sharpen our minds and act accordingly to enhance environmental sustainability.

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