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Understanding Smart Waste Management

Understanding Smart Waste Management

The term "waste management" refers to handling and disposing of garbage. Waste can be discarded, destroyed, processed, recycled, reused, or controlled. Waste management's main goals are reducing the amount of garbage, recycling the waste, optimizing the use of resources in tackling waste, and avoiding potential health and environmental risks.

What is smart waste management? 

An innovative method of processing and collecting waste is “smart waste management”. Smart waste management is based on Internet of Things (IoT) technology and offers information on the behavior and trends of trash generation. Municipalities, cities, and garbage collectors may now optimize their waste operations, improve their sustainability, and make better financial decisions as a result. Collection, monitoring, control, and disposal are some of the several tasks that fall under smart waste management. 

Benefits of smart waste management

Smart waste management

Cost savings collection and unnecessary fuel consumption

The use of smart waste bins eliminates the need to physically inspect each container. The cost and fuel usage of this clever waste management method is lowered. As a result, this reduction enables municipalities or waste collection businesses to spend their resources more effectively.

Effective Pickups

Since route optimization is now essential for effective waste management, overflowing trash cans will no longer exist, and those that are nearly full will only be taken into consideration when they are entirely full.

Waste production geo-specific statistical treatment

Data is the foundation of a smart waste management system and is used to track regional patterns in waste generation. Customers can get demographic information via data analysis, which also allows them the chance to take action in accordance with that district's occupancy patterns.

Lowering Emissions of Carbon Dioxide

The carbon footprint is decreased as a result of more thoughtful scheduling of waste pickup trucks using real-time data. As a result, each stage of the conventional waste collection system is made more ecologically friendly by clever waste management solutions.

IoT Use Cases of Smart Waste Management

Smart waste management can be seen all around you, yet not be noticed. If you look closely then you will be able to observe some use cases in the following setups - 

Property Management

In order to assure the satisfaction and security of residents while simultaneously keeping a profitable operation, property managers play a crucial role in maintaining safe and sanitary settings.

Stadiums & Events

Numerous large sporting events, huge music festivals, and stadiums and venues around the world draw large crowds that come and go every day. With that much capacity, managing the enormous volume of garbage becomes necessary. Running a garbage collection business that is optimized, sustainable, and cost-effective presents considerable problems.

University Campuses

Thousands of students and employees enter and exit college buildings every day, from campus gardens and dorms to classroom buildings and auditoriums. Campuses that are spotless boost student morale and make an impression on visitors. Therefore, keeping a clean campus through data-driven solutions should be seen as a crucial part of university upkeep as well as a chance to develop sustainable waste management initiatives.

Supermarket Chains

In order to minimize costs, divert more garbage from landfills, and lessen the impact of their waste collection operations on the environment, supermarket chains are increasingly looking for ways to optimize their waste collection programs. Additionally, with sustainability emerging as a critical factor in consumer store loyalty and choice, supermarkets must launch and promote significant green efforts to keep customers coming through their doors.

Charity Clothing Collections

The volume of clothing donated in charity bins presents a variety of difficulties for those who collect donated clothing. This is another interesting case study of how smart waste management tech can be implemented in the broader spectrum. 

Smart Waste Market

Smart waste market 2023

The smart waste market is set to scale. There are many players in the market, strapping competitors and innovators alike. According to MarketWatch’s trend report - 

The Global Smart Waste Management System market is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate during the forecast period, between 2023 and 2026. In 2022, the market is growing at a steady rate and with the rising adoption of strategies by key players, the market is expected to rise over the projected horizon.

According to this latest study, the 2023 development of Third-Party Replacement Straps for Smart Waste Management Systems will have a huge change from earlier years.”

How is IoT used in smart waste management? 

Historically, the waste management industry has been a stationary one. And it's only recently that we've begun to notice modernizations in the practices of waste management. Waste authorities are turning more and more to smart solutions as a way to deal with budget cuts and aggressive environmental goals as IoT technology and new innovations become commercially available.  To increase smart waste management, two technical components are typically combined. The first one is purely physical. Microchips and sensors are utilized to measure a variety of data, including when the trash is dumped into the bin, how often it is dumped,c and how full the bin is.

Centralized monitoring software is the second component. All information that is collected from the bins, vehicles, machines, and traffic systems is collected and analyzed here so that trash management can benefit from it. For instance, when a bin is full, it will be instantly added to the route of the nearest truck with the available capacity to pick up trash from it. On account of this, the pickup service can easily take the fastest route. They can empty bins without having to check on those that aren't yet filled. Municipalities can benefit greatly from the software system used to monitor and manage the smart waste management process. The system collects and stores a tonne of valuable information, so they can utilize this knowledge to enhance other procedures and regulations as well!

One of the major connectivity challenges for smart waste management is finding the ideal network coverage for larger deployments. Scaling up deployments of smart bins as per expansion could call for a new connectivity architecture, depending on your existing network. In case you are tied down to a single network provider, you may face complications in areas with limited access to that particular network. It will then become a task in itself to collaborate with multiple MNOs to facilitate a global IoT deployment, and on top of that,  coordinate a variety of intricate carrier contracts.


How does ConnectedYou help?

ConnectedYou offers reliable multi-network coverage and better delivery of network connectivity as per your requirements.

We orchestrate the critical components that include - eUICC-enabled SIMs/ eSIMs, global IoT/ M2M connectivity, unified monitoring & management, and remote SIM provisioning capabilities into a single solution as a one-stop-shop. Here’s why our product is the best solution for your enterprise - 

  • The largest aggregation of 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, LTE-M, and NB-IoT networks 
  • Connectivity options for countries with permanent roaming restrictions
  • Transparent Pay-As-You-Go pricing without hidden charges or minimum commitments
  • Connectivity without throttling for best experience
  • Local/ regional breakouts globally to achieve desired latency
  • Single contract enabling hassle-free multi-supplier sourcing without lock-ins with any connectivity provider
  • Unified platform to manage your IoT/ M2M SIM cards irrespective of the connectivity supplier
  • Capability to switch connectivity suppliers remotely without SIM replacement and  without any additional transaction costs
  • Central support desk for all connectivity issues

We would be very keen to hear about your challenges, help you and share your pain with our ecosystem of suppliers and partners to deliver the exemplary service for your enterprise. Get in touch so that we can ensure and offer a future-proof IoT roll-out. Write to us at

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