While everything around us has become “smart” and tech-focused such as our cars, phones, etc, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing this same phenomenon being applied to waste collection. Pittsburgh will soon spend upwards of $580,000 on hundreds of “smart” waste bins – disposal cans that send an alert to employees at Public Works when they’ve reached maximum capacity.
These new waste bins are expected to reduce the hours of work employees are assigned to check on the amount of waste in bins all over the city, after receiving the go-ahead from City Council from a 5 to 2 vote. The aim is to increase efficiency and reduce the amount of overflowing litter.
Some city leaders can’t get behind the new rule, insisting the cost for such a small change is too high. Other are optimistic that these smart cans will have a significant impact on working hours.
The smart waste bins are to be arranged by this summer, and the city will begin to observe and analyze the effects they have.
What are your thoughts on “smart bins” and do you think Toronto would benefit from something similar?