More Effective Waste Management with Smart Bin Technology

October 8

Smart bins are very effective at airports, malls, schools, campgrounds, beaches, and parks. These innovative trash containers are also particularly useful in large cities.

Smart bin technology is helping municipalities reduce the waste involved with waste removal. Traditional routing has been inefficient since it doesn't take into account how stopping at empty dumpsters wastes energy and time for trucks.

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Smart trash bins have already proven to be highly efficient with just a small number of early adopters. What makes these dumpsters smart is that IoT devices have been installed to measure trash levels and other metrics associated with waste removal. As trash bins fill up, sanitation workers are notified, allowing them to route pick-up vehicles more strategically. Additionally, emptying dumpers before they are excessively filled is more efficient than allowing them to overflow, which can be a community health hazard.

The Technology Inside a Smart Waste Bin

At the core of smart bin technology is a series of wireless ultrasonic sensors that detect fill levels. The IoT devices communicate waste data to sanitation department workers in real-time. Workers can then use the insights from this data to make decisions on waste management adjustments. The adoption of these smart waste bins will promote a cleaner and safer environment for companies, citizens, and visitors. Ultimately, this technology will utilize garbage trucks where they are needed most and reduce wasted trips, lowering emissions and, thus, creating a more eco-friendly solution.

Advantages of Smart Bins

  • 80 percent less collections, reducing fuel, emissions, traffic congestion, and labor costs
  • Lower number of dumpsters needed around town
  • Analytics for planning collection routes and bin placement
  • More eco-friendly solution reducing overflowing bins and ensuring community safety

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Innovative Smart Bins for Waste Management

A number of smart bin technology companies have surfaced in recent years, giving municipalities a wide variety of solutions for developing smart cities. Here are six firms most likely to thrive in smart waste management.

  • Smartup Cities – This company makes waste containers designed with ultrasonic wireless sensors that monitor fill levels. The firm is paving the way for waste operators to plan and optimize more efficient routing.
  • Ecube Labs – Specializing in sensor-based waste management, this South Korean firm's solar-powered trash compactors use real-time data that triggers automatic compaction. The result is 5-8 times more capacity for bin content. The technology communicates with a cloud-based platform, called CleanCityNetworks, and conducts analysis for optimizing waste management.
  • Smartsensor – Based in Australia, this company manufactures temperature sensors that monitor bin fill levels and temperatures. Data alerts are sent to operators through email when extreme temperatures, like those associated with fires, occur.
  • EvoEco – This American developer manufactures a waste bin called EvoBin, designed with a screen, dashboard, and interactive features. The product communicates messages to operators based on waste data picked up by sensors.
  • Sensoneo – Combining real-time waste-monitoring ultrasonic sensors, this Slovakian software company helps cities make data-driven decisions for waste collection routes. The software also monitors vehicle load and other waste management metrics.
  • Guardforce - Hong Kong's Guardforce has been in the security business since 1977. It now develops IoT-based smart bins for the waste management sector, using ultrasonic fill-level sensors. Other benefits of its bins include solar-powered trash compactors, fleet management, and safety detection that sends alerts for fires and when human hands are present during compaction.

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These smart technology developers are at the forefront of modern waste management. Your decision on which companies to partner with depends on your own criteria, so keep in mind there are over a hundred other choices that might meet your needs.


The advent of smart bin technology is another piece of the environmental and economic puzzle to reduce pollution and waste removal costs. It benefits all stakeholders in waste management, in addition to helping promote cleaner communities.

Johannes Beekman

About the author

After 25 years in engineering, Johannes Beekman founded IoT Marketing with the goal of helping companies bring wide-scale awareness to their inventions. He received a Master of Science in Physics degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology, and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and started his career in the semiconductor field. Johannes pioneered two successful wafer fab startups for Philips Electronics; one in Europe and the second one in Asia. And served as Senior Program Manager for Sematech, where he provided solutions for semiconductor industry-wide product improvement and cost reduction challenges. Johannes has also published articles on several trade-focused websites.


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