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Galway uses IoT bins to fight mounting litter levels

The city on the west coast of Ireland has commissioned 50 of the solar-powered bins, which notify the council when they need to be emptied.

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The solar-powered bins are equipped with sensor and communications technologies
The solar-powered bins are equipped with sensor and communications technologies

Galway City Council has installed 50 solar-powered Internet of Things SolarStreetBin litter bins to fight mounting volumes of litter across the city on the west coast of Ireland.

 

It follows a successful six-month trial of PEL Waste Reduction’s litter bin technology in the 2018 summer holiday season.

 

10 times capacity

 

The bins hold up to 10 times the quantity of litter compared to a standard bin and are equipped with sensor and communications technologies which notify the council when they need to be emptied.

 

The solar-powered compaction system compresses the waste in a standard 120 litre wheelie bin located inside the bin itself. A bin-fill sensor monitors litter levels within the SolarStreetBin and reports this data to the cloud-based BriteBin data management dashboard also provided by PEL Waste Reduction Equipment.

 

The monitoring and reporting capability technology allows Galway City Council to focus its collection resources on only those bins requiring service thus cutting collections traffic, associated emissions from this traffic and an overall reduction of litter collection costs.

“The technology alerts us when the bins need to be emptied so this will put an end to any overflowing bins and the associated expensive clean-ups"

BriteBin is a wireless monitoring application which integrates with the fill-level sensor mounted on each SolarStreetBin. The telemetric software has been extensively tested in the field under a number of different conditions and provides an overview of operations. As well as bin monitoring, it enables councils to optimise collection routes.

 

"Access to the BriteBiBin dashboard gives Galway City Council complete visibility on litter levels within all the bins installed in this programme,” said Damian Redington of Galway City Council. “The technology alerts us when the bins need to be emptied so this will put an end to any overflowing bins and the associated expensive clean-ups."

 

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