It’s no surprise that the Internet of Things (IoT) and other technologies are entering the waste and recycling industry. From providing simpler solutions for route optimization and operational analytics to reducing costs, companies across the globe are getting creative when it comes to using technology to better manage waste and recycling.
Technology giant IBM is just one example of a company that is utilizing technology to better improve waste management. With its Smarter Cities initiative, IBM is helping cities and companies leverage data to improve operational performance in a variety of sectors.
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Waste collection is an essential city service. Ample opportunity exists worldwide for smart technology to increase efficiency and improve the quality of waste collection services.
Currently, most municipal waste collection operations focus on emptying containers according to predefined schedules. This is inevitably inefficient, with half-full bins being emptied, poor use of city assets and unnecessary fleet fuel consumption.