In the waste management sector, traditional methods of booking and communicating with customers have remained largely the same, even in the wake of the advancement of new technologies which are being adopted in other sectors. However, with new technology, innovative methods, and helpful apps now coming into the sector, this is all set to change.
Join us as we explore all sorts of new technology in the waste management world.
Automatic waste disposal and collection
Automated waste collection entails an underground network of tubes which link homes and designated outlets to a waste-collection centre. As per the standard today, people who have sorted their rubbish would have their bins open up at the bottom when they reach their capacity, flushing the waste through the vacuum tubes.
An app for everything
If an app can come to our aid in doing everything from keeping track of our weight loss goals to learning a new language, then surely we can use apps to help with waste management! Embracing the explosion of so-called app culture, waste management companies have started developing and releasing apps to help businesses and residents with their waste management and disposal in a more efficient manner that is also environmentally friendly.
Combating food waste: Too Good To Go
Too Good To Go is an app through which people can buy food that restaurants were otherwise going to throw away, cheaper – food that is excess and surplus when the working day concludes.
More streamlined skip hire: SiteBuddy
The SiteBuddy app gives businesses a platform to hire, off-hire, exchange and reorder various skips, from 8 yard skip right up to hazardous waste skips. Through the app, users can also respond to and address on-site or project issues in a quick and efficient manner, without having to endure delays that are otherwise synonymous with phone calls or waiting to book an order. The app is integrated with Reconomy’s online portal as well, co-working with it to store a full audit trial as well.
Creating fuel from waste food with anaerobic digestion
Anaerobic digestion is the process through which waste matter is broken down by microorganisms in an environment that is devoid of oxygen. The remains left over can be used as fertilizer, while the gas produced by the process is used for energy.
Anaerobic digestion could potentially aid in the reduction of food destined for the landfill, while increasing fuel supplies. Since humans will always create organic waste, the energy anaerobic digestion creates is additionally classed as renewable energy.
Enzyme-based fuel advancement solutions
Anaerobic digestion isn’t the only new technology that could evolve into a future big player in waste management, with a similar process deployed that uses enzymes to convert used cooking oil to biodiesel. The process can turn lower-grade oils into biodiesel, in turn lowering the cost of raw materials for biodiesel producers. In addition to converting used cooking oil as a raw material, Eversa, which is an enzyme solution available for commercial use (launched by Novozmes), gets rid of the need to use sodium methoxide, which is one of the most hazardous chemicals used in biodiesel plants.