Recycling Bins Solution - SmartBin

By: Smartbin  05/12/2011
Keywords: Information Technology, infrared technology, wireless sensors

For many types of Public Recycling Applications

The Recycling Bins Solution from SmartBin has been developed especially for the Recycling Bins market, typically consisting of Glass Bottle Banks, Clothing Donation Bins, Paper Recycling Bins, Aluminium Can Containers, etc..  These are usually located in un-manned facilities and benefit hugely from the realtime remote waste monitoring capabilities of the SmartBin solution.  Realtime waste monitoring facilitates implementation of a management system whereby bins are collected only when they are approaching 'Full'.

The benefits to the Collector, or to the entity responsible, include:

  • Massive reduction in service trips required and resultant savings
  • Elimination of problems with sites 'overfilling' and the need to clean up site afterwards.
  • Automatic generation of required regulatory reports

The solution consists of several elements, shown in the diagram above, and described below.

Wireless sensors
SmartBin wireless sensors are compatible with a wide range of recycling bins.  Examples of suitable recycling bins are shown in several areas of this website. Each wireless sensor is located discreetly in the top of each bin, from where it ‘measures’ the fill level of the bin and sends this information (and more) wirelessly over the GSM (cellular network) to the SmartBin host server.  SmartBin sensors used in recycling bins typically use Infrared technology for sensing the fill-level.  This allows the sensors to work equally well with a wide variety of materials, including soft materials (such as textiles) and wet materials (for outdoor sites).  Sensors also incorporate capabilities to 'measure' battery level, bin-empty events (or service events), bin movement, signal strength, etc.

Host Server
The wireless sensors communicate with the secure SmartBin host server, which parses the information received from the bins and processes this information with application specific software. The processed information is made available to service contractors on configurable websites.

SmartBin live
The SmartBin live web interface provides a full service view of all monitored assets and a full suite of management reports, including alert SMS messages and email, etc.  Check out the LiveDemo on this website for further information.

As all the information is provided over the internet, there is no need for SmartBin clients to invest in Information Technology or have specialist skills to adopt the service. The Recycling Bins Solution has been developed by SmartBin to be Easy to Install and Easy to Use. Our unique waste monitoring system is also maintenance free. Once the sensors are installed in the recycling bins, that's it! 

Contact SmartBin today to see how easy it is to get started.

Keywords: Alert Sms, Full Suite, Information Technology, infrared technology, wireless sensors,

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