Recycling and waste sorting issues are essential components of the sustainable development challenge: how can we make the best use of our waste as we shift towards a circular economy? The statistics are unequivocal: one out of every two French departments is likely to be overwhelmed by waste, and the cost of waste management has almost tripled in thirty years, from 3.5 billion in 1990 to 10 billion in 2020.
The Internet of Thing is a true ally in the transition towards a smoother recycling process: smart dustbins make it possible to automate time-consuming tasks, imitate human action to near perfection and also reduce waste. R3D3 for example, the product from the GreenCreative company presented in this infographics, is indeed capable of sorting and compacting bottles and cans, the most recurrent waste in metropolises. It is also equipped with connected sensors designed to optimize collections by communicating its filling rate to operators. The Kitro waste bin is equipped with a camera that photographs all the waste thrown away, and uses artificial intelligence to detect the quantities and proportions of food waste over a given period of time. It is very popular with the hotel industry as it helps to reduce food waste, and was thus used at the Davos Economic Forum in 2020. Connected bins are increasingly present in France, in Paris and its suburbs for example. The city of Colombes has installed solar-powered smart bins capable of providing certain information (condition, filling, etc.). In this respect, the start-up Terranova has developed “Cliiink”, another connected sorting solution integrated into the collection points. Sensors are capable of measuring the quantity of waste and report it to individuals and municipal services.
With food waste and plastics standing among the primary sources of global warming, initiatives to facilitate sorting and optimize waste collection through new technologies represent a real progress towards the adoption of the circular economy.