Revolutionary Technology and Rubbish Collections
Technology is revolutionising the world that we live in and there are very few areas that haven’t changed dramatically in the last few years. Even though major advances have already been made, the changes expected for the next 12 – 24 months look to be more exciting still, especially for the waste management sector. Not only are smartphone apps making it more convenient for users to dispose of their unwanted goods, new internet enabled technology is set to change the way waste is disposed of all together.
So we realise we are blowing our own trumpet a bit here but the KwikSweep app will make waste disposal even more convenient. Simply book a collection time with a couple of taps and let us do the rest. We’ll arrive at the agreed time, on the agreed day and take your rubbish away. If you want to know how much it will cost, you can take a picture or video of the unwanted items and we will provide a highly accurate quote right there on the app. No longer do you need to make a phone call, wait for a site visit and then go through the hassle of arranging collection. This app puts the power in your hand.
Up until now bin lorries have trudged around cities stopping every couple of seconds to pick up a bin. This is highly inefficient, not to mention frustrating for motorists stuck behind the waste collection vehicle. New technology will mean bins are connected to the internet and inform the collectors when they need emptying. This technology can take all the data it has collected about the rubbish, homeowners and routes around the city to plan the optimum bin collection route. It will save on fuel, ensure rubbish is only collected when it needs to be and cut the cost of regular bin collections. This technology is part of the smart interconnected city that many experts say is the future of our communities.
Waste to Energy
The first waste to energy plant was built in 1874 – as you would expect the technology has developed beyond recognition since that time. Originally the only way to generate energy from waste was through incineration, which has worrying environmental impacts. New methods are making this a viable energy source for the future. There are several technologies that look promising. Anaerobic digestion breaks organic waste down into a methane rich biogas, which can then be used as an energy source. Thermal depolymerisation takes complex organic materials (including waste products and plastics) and turns them into crude oil which can be refined. Both of these processes demonstrate how waste can actually provide something useful. In the future it is highly likely that this will provide a significant amount of energy for towns and cities around the country.
Which of this technology do you think will change waste processing the most? Share your thoughts in the comments and on our social media pages.