Cities across Europe put out bins in streets and parks in order to keep them clean. These bins can help encourage citizens to keep their environments clean… but only if properly managed! Maintaining an efficient network of bins is a big responsibility. It costs thousands of euros to run the daily upkeep. When not properly managed, bins can actually be a source of litter.
Smart bins can help cities reduce the cost of maintaining their bins and help reduce litter from overflowing bins. Sensors inside bins can inform municipalities of the state of their bins in real time. Are they full? Half-empty? Real-time data then allows municipalities to plan the collection of waste efficiently. It also makes it easier to analyse long-term trends and allocate resources accordingly.
There are many other advantages that smart bins can bring, such as increased capacity to hold waste and Wi-Fi hotspots. What it boils down to is this simple question: “how do we want our cities of tomorrow to be like?” Do we want them to be more resource efficient and cleaner? We do. And that requires us to invest today in putting in place the right infrastructure.