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How to Achieve Cleaner Cities via Smart Waste Management Systems?

World population is urbanizing day by day. The world has already seen the urban population catching up with the rural population for the first time ever in the history of humanity. And experts estimate that by the year 2050, 66% of the human population will live in urban areas.

The major problem with urban populations is that they produce much more waste than rural populations. In fact, In the year 2014, New York City alone has spent $2.3 billion in waste management. Considering that this amount is only a portion of the city’s waste management budget since the megacity takes advantage of a combination of public and commercial waste management services; this is a significant portion of the city’s $75 billion total budget.

New York city is not the only example. In 2016 urban populations in the world have generated around 2 billion tonnes of solid waste and this number is expected to rise up to 3.4 billion tonnes by the year 2050. And generating too much waste is not a problem that’s specific to high-income countries either. By the end of 2050, even the waste produced in low-income areas is expected to increase by more than 3 times.

The statistics and estimates clearly show that urbanization is the greatest source of waste production in the world. And even if the financial aspect of the problem is completely eliminated assuming that cities and local governments could keep sparing endless amounts of budget to solve the problem, it would still not go away.

It is very clear that traditional methods of urban waste management can’t keep up with the problem. We need a smarter way of waste management and clearly, we have to start by focusing on cities and how they collect and manage their waste.

The Solution to Efficient Waste Management: Evreka

Collecting garbage in urban areas contributes to a major part in cities’ waste management expenses. The problem is that the systems cities use to collect garbage are old and dated. In the present, all the garbage bins and dumpsters are visited periodically by field employees and garbage trucks. This requires a considerable amount of labour force, equipment, vehicles and fuel.

But the problem with the garbage cans and dumpsters in the cities is that they do not fill up at the same speed. The garbage or waste produced in different areas in a city varies widely. This is even the same for the garbage containers in different locations on the same street. But nevertheless, cities allocate resources to be able to visit all the dumpsters, garbage containers, waste bins at the same frequency, at the same time.

This is not only a huge problem regarding budget but also a problem of service quality. Since the waste containers don’t fill up at the same speed, current methods of waste collection also create overflowing problems since the containers that fill up earlier have to wait until scheduled collection time.

There is an easy way to solve this problem with optimization. Evreka Smart Waste Management Systems can optimize the waste collection processes with the utmost efficiency and help cities update their ways of the waste collection according to the requirements of the digital age that we live in.

How Does Evreka Smart Waste Collection System Work?

Evreka Smart Waste Collection System consists of sensors that are installed on garbage containers. Tablet-like devices in garbage collecting vehicles and an easy to use management software. The sensors are very durable against heat, shock and water so they can handle any abuse or misuse of the containers.

These sensors collect location, temperature and fill ratio info and send it to the main cloud servers. This real-time information can be used in many ways to increase the efficiency of waste collection processes. For instance; they can be used to optimize the routes of the vehicles in a more efficient way. The data can also be used to estimate the frequency that a garbage container should be visited. Moreover, the system can predict when a specific container will fill up based on past data. By the real-time information that Evreka provides, cities can also eliminate the overflowing problem completely.

Evreka Smart Waste Collection System has also other environment-friendly impacts such as reducing carbon emissions. Waste collection operations managed by Evreka can reduce the costs and carbon emissions caused by waste collection operations by up to 70%. The spare budget created by optimization can even be reallocated to further improve service quality.

Evreka Smart Waste Management System not only decreases costs and environmental impact but it also helps to create cleaner cities by eliminating the overflowing problem.

Sources

http://www.columbia.edu/~sc32/documents/ALEP%20Waste%20Managent%20FINAL.pdf

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/30317/9781464813290.pdf

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html