Considering factors such as environmental sustainability, cities’ waste management is a crucial task. Today, city municipalities must rethink their strategies for sustainable waste management, to balance the city ecosystem, and also ensure a healthy living environment. By leveraging the key emerging digital technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), cities must incorporate certain recycling strategies, for efficient management of wastes and garbage including the e-waste. Replacing the traditional and outdated waste collection methods with IoT sensor-enabled bins and sophisticated waste management applications, are the key to build a clean smart city.
With advancements in sensor technology, massive datasets containing information can be brought into use, for successful deployment of IoT waste management applications. The more real-time data, these sensors gather, the more optimized planning city municipalities can perform. By automating the route optimization of garbage trucks, by leveraging the sensor tech, a lot of time, fuel and money can be saved. These pickup trucks, to collect trash, generally stick to a daily routine of following a specific route, if a sanitation department lack IoT connectivity, the truck drivers generally don’t have any advanced information on how full a trash bin is, unless they encounter it. By deploying IoT sensors, the sanitation department can in advance let the truck drivers know the actual fill level of trash bins, with this critical insight to sanitation workers, a lot of time, fuel, and money can be saved, as the trash data whose loads vary on a day to day, weekly, or season basis, are pre-known.