Optimising waste management with IoT

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities and this is expected to increase over the next 20 years. As populations rise, the need for the efficient provision of services increases. Enter the Internet of Things. IoT technology is already being implemented in megacities throughout the world to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of private and public services.

Of all the public services facing pressure as a result of growing populations, waste management is suffering the most. More people means more waste, which means local authorities and waste management companies must hire more, run more routes and dispose of more waste. It also makes it harder for these organizations to run an environmentally sustainable service. But by adopting IoT technology into waste management practices, public and private organizations can deliver a smarter, more efficient and more effective service that can improve return on investment (ROI) and lessen their environmental impact.

By using waste monitoring devices connected to the Sigfox network, waste management companies can optimize the cost of waste collection, plan collection routes so that they only collect full containers, use data to improve visibility and deliver a better quality service to customers.