Cities and businesses need efficient waste management systems. When human beings lived in small family groups, most of them disposed of their leftovers by simply digging a hole and burying them. In a world of 7.45 billion people, those old ways don’t work anymore. Today, we need to be able to dispose of our waste in a safe, economically viable, and environmentally sound way.
Waste management is about more than dumping garbage into a hole in the ground. Americans alone create 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day, totaling 254 million tons of trash each year, of which just 34% is composted or recycled. On the international stage, the economic rise of China, India, and Brazil – all of which are densely populated – means that soon, other nations may eclipse the U.S. in waste production. And since garbage is the third largest producer of methane gas, the major cause of climate change, the need for efficient, effective waste management has never been greater.
As Dee Mohammed, Managing Director of Vehicle Conversion and Weighing ltd, writes, “Waste collection and rubbish disposal play an extremely important role in the global cleanliness and sustainability drive, with people’s health and the conservation of resources being the responsibility of every government.” To manage all this garbage, municipalities and nations need waste management systems.
Five reasons why cities and businesses need waste management systems:
They help waste management agencies optimize their routes.
Unfortunately, many waste management routing strategies are based on the old days when everything was planned with pen and paper. Today’s technology, however, allows routers to use mobile devices that can adjust their routes in real time.
In competitive markets, waste management system providers can pass savings along to their customers. Some experts suggest that providers can save 10% to 25% of their operating costs through route optimization. The City of Virginia Beach, for example, saw a $2,250,000 reduction in equipment inventory and a $1,100,000 annual savings in personnel, equipment maintenance, and fuel, simply through route optimization.
They reduce waste collection costs.
The cost of garbage is staggering. As far back as 2010, Jim O’Connor, Chairman and CEO of Republic Services wrote, “A brand new waste collection vehicle can carry a price tag of more than $250,000. The cost to fuel, lubricate and maintain vehicles has also increased. And the costs don’t end there.”
All that money, of course, goes into someone’s pocket, but probably not yours. To waste management companies, garbage smells like money – about $52 billion of it per year. But the greening of America is causing a downturn in revenue for waste management solution suppliers. Businesses and households are saving money by reducing consumption and by recycling.
Systemization can help cut costs by reducing the number of collection vehicles on the road, restricting the workforce, and saving on fuel. Leaders can divert these cost savings to other budget line items or return them to taxpayers.
Garbage trucks get about three miles to the gallon. They’re massive, rarely pick up speed, and operate at a stop-and-go pace matched by no other vehicle. Efficient waste systems management can reduce fuel consumption, helping save both dollars and the environment.
While many modern garbage trucks operate on natural gas, the majority of those on the road still use diesel. Either way, by using a route planner, service providers can eliminate excess travel, reduce idling time, and do away with unauthorized detours by less-than-honest drivers.
Traditional waste management models can be lumbering, ineffective strategies that waste time, money, fuel, and human resources. Drivers follow routes sketched on paper maps to pick up garbage that may not be full using trucks that drink fuel. A systematized approach using IoT (internet of things) technology, on the other hand, can direct drivers along more efficient routes to pick up only full garbage cans, thus saving fuel and limiting personnel costs.
While the previous four reasons emphasize efficiency and savings, systematizing waste management also helps stop climate change. Many companies have instituted e-waste management systems, and municipalities are incentivizing their residents to “reduce, reuse, recycle.” It is critical for waste management companies to limit their effects on the environment as well, and only technology can do that. In fact, according to recent research at the University of East Sarajevo, “It is expected that the IoT-powered waste management system will deal successfully with a massive volume of diverse types of waste, and consequently solves many problems related to human health and environmental pollution.”
The technology require to fine tune waste systems management may sound complicated, but it is readily available. Sensa Networks utilizes machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications to allow for the automation and optimization of these waste management operations. This, in turn, enables organizations to reduce costs and increase their operational efficiency.
To learn more about how your waste management organization can save money and operate more efficiently, or to receive a quote on fullness-monitoring technology, contact Sensa Networks today.