You likely know that advances in technology have changed the world greatly in just the last few decades. However, you may not know about the exciting new technology that is making its way into an industry everyone uses frequently, yet may hear about infrequently -- trash removal. The average American throws out just over 4.5 pounds of trash each day, and technology inventors have been looking for ways to make the trash removal process more efficient for trash removal companies and their customers.
Read on to learn about three ways technology is advancing in the trash removal industry.
1. Dumpster Sensors Inform Dumpster Services of When Dumpsters Are Full
Many people rent dumpsters each day when cleaning up their houses and many industries rely on commercial dumpsters from places like Mountain Waste & Recycling to dispose of the trash and debris created during their courses of business. If you have ever rented a dumpster when cleaning up your home or performing a home DIY project, you may have had to call the dumpster service to inform them of when you needed your dumpster dumped, so you could make room for more trash. If your business relies on a commercial dumpster, then your trash removal service likely comes to collect the trash from your dumpster on a regular schedule, whether it is full or not.
New "smart dumpsters" could change the way all dumpster services operate. Smart dumpsters are fitted with sensors that detect how full the dumpster currently is. It then shares the information wirelessly with the dumpster service staff. The staff can then determine how full each one of their dumpsters is from their offices and/or trucks and, if a dumpster is full, empty it no matter what day the week it is.
Not only will this technology help customers of dumpster services by ensuring their services know when their dumpsters are full, but it may also help the environment; energy is wasted as a dumpster service driver drives to a dumpster that is not yet full.
2. RFID Chips and GPS Readers Open the Door for Smarter Waste Solutions
New technology is being introduced into all branches of the waste management industry, including residential garbage cans. Forty-four cities in the United States have already added RFID chips to their city's trash cans, and some cities are equipping their public trash cans with GPS readers.
Smart Bins that are equipped with RFID chips and electronic sensors can record information about the trash in the can, including aspects such as trash weight and even what it is composed of, and transmit the information to smart devices. This opens the door for many new government and private programs tailored to monitoring waste and using this information to create programs that minimize waste and encourage recycling.
Some trash bins are also being equipped with GPS readers. These readers allow waste management staff to track the location of the trash cans and their movement to make trash collection more efficient.
3. All-Electric Garbage Truck Fleets May Make Waste Removal More Eco-friendly
Electric cars have made driving more eco-friendly, and in the future, electric garbage truck fleets may become commonplace. The state of California recently purchased its first all-electric garbage collection truck, and other states are likely to follow suit. By making the switch from just one gasoline-powered garbage truck to the all-electric version, the state estimates that it will save 6,000 gallons of gasoline each year and cut down it its environmental pollution.
Technology has changed the world in many ways in just recent decades, and new trash collection technology is expected to change the way the dumpster service municipal waste collection industries operate.