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Just in time waste collection

Most cities use some type of waste container to collect the waste produced by households. Traditionally, these garbage trucks operated on fixed routes, e.g. visiting each container once a week. As a consequence, some containers are emptied when they are only half full and some are emptied days after they became full. The ‘smart solution’ is to equip the waste containers with sensors that detect the volume of the waste in the container. This data is used to optimize the number of garbage trucks and their routes, skipping containers that are not yet full and making an early stop at containers that are close to reaching their limit. This results in a cheaper process (fewer stops required) and elimination of full waste containers (which could lead to people dumping their waste on the street next to the container).

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