Featured image: Smart Waste – a very tangible and practical thing to contribute to your net zero target.

Smart Waste – a very tangible and practical thing to contribute to your net zero target.

Climate change is real, and the impact has accelerated in recent years. You only have to watch documentaries or the news to see that we are in a climate crisis, and the onus sits on all of us. We are beginning to understand that we must make small, incremental changes to how we work, live, and play.  

Also, individual actions are important, but organisational actions have a much quicker impact. Waste management is one key area that can be tackled to incite meaningful change, however, we need to first look at the problem (and understand it) before we fix it. It starts with having data, and using this to make informed decisions that will have an impact. 

But, this doesn’t exist in most cities – even though there is technology available to do this! Most waste management processes involve a complete lack of information: accuracy on where, when, and how waste is being disposed of – let alone how to be efficient in collecting it.  

City Managers are mostly relying on anecdotal information on “hot spots” where bins are overflowing, and human capital isn’t being utilised to its full potential. And, the waste producer – whether that’s an individual or a business, is no wiser on the impact that they’re having and how they can improve their contribution. We’re in a situation where no one is winning – from the city manager, to the end-user.  

Data is king

Without any form of data collection at the source, the lack of information and transparency is a major obstacle to making improvements. You can spend all of your time adjusting your waste collection process – but if you can’t accurately measure it, this creates a big problem.  

Data is king, whether we like it or not – and a smart waste solution can make a difference as it uses this. It gives you all the information that you need to make the relevant decisions, whilst empowering City and Sustainability managers that they’re making the right choices. 

Having data impacts everybody positively, from sustainability managers and city managers, to citizens and businesses who are actually producing the waste.  

How can a smart waste solution help sustainability managers?

Sustainability Managers have a difficult role, particularly as there is limited technology out there – meaning that some Sustainability Managers are shooting in the dark, without the resources that they need to do their job at full potential. 

However, a smart waste solution can aid Sustainability Managers across three key areas: 

Digitize waste management data and reporting

By using a sensor at a bin to capture all the specific information needed to assess the disposal of waste by time and location. Having this information stored allows for forecasting, analysis, and also general reporting to be a lot more efficient and accurate. It can also be accessed by multiple individuals, making the whole process seamless.  

Recommend efficiencies in operations

Armed with this information, changes to practices can be monitored and measured in a real-time and transparent way. Again, through accurate analysis that doesn’t have to be conducted manually or estimated.  

Reduce CO2 emissions by more than 40%

Most importantly, by only collecting waste when needed, and using an automated collection and routing platform, significant environmental benefits can result from a reduction in waste vehicles, waste bins, fuel emissions and noise pollution. 

We aren’t saying that this solution will reverse climate change – we still have a long way to go to even scratch the surface. But, it will inevitably contribute to a better, smarter, and cleaner city.  

To learn more about how we can help you as a sustainability manager, click here.