In an era of smart devices becoming more and more an integral part of our everyday life, the time has come for a new intelligent machine which will not only make your daily tasks easier but also allow you to save a lot of money. BIN-e is a smart waste bin which recognizes, sorts and compresses the waste automatically.
How does it work? You put the waste into the recognition chamber. Using a camera, sensors and artificial intelligence, the device identifies the material, shape, and color. Then the waste is distributed into one of the bins inside of the machine (plastics, paper or glass). Lastly, it is compressed so the total waste volume can be even five times lower.
Thanks to BIN-e users do not have to bother with waste segregation anymore. They just throw away the waste and the device does the rest.
The device has also a fill control sensor which allows controlling the fill level of each bin. When one of them is full, the waste collection company will be notified automatically. It also sends data about the collected waste to an integrated cloud. This data can be used for identifying consumption patterns (e.g. which products are thrown away most frequently) and changing them to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
On a national scale, the device can increase the recycling rate up to 80%. It provides high-quality raw material for recycling since it solves the problem of users’ disregard or lack of knowledge regarding proper segregation. Collection routes can be optimized through real-time data sent by Bin-e to the network of users, allowing them to monitor the fill level and schedule accurate collection times for each type of recyclable or nonrecyclable waste. The integrated software provides information to the waste management company about the locations of waste that needs to be collected. Hence, waste management companies can save up to 30% in fuel costs and through that reduce CO2 emissions with the same rate.
In the long term, this means saving a lot of money since in most countries waste collection is charged per volume. It was, however, not the desire to save money but people’s attitude towards waste management which inspired the team. As the English proverb says, necessity is the mother of invention. In his case, it proved to be true once again.
– We were running a company for a couple of years and segregating waste was quite of a serious issue there. It seemed to be obvious, you need to put the glass waste into the bin for glass and the plastic waste into the bin for plastics. But in fact, people were always running around the office with a package trying to figure out which bin they should choose. This meant people either don’t know how to do it or it is simply too much effort. When we dug deeper into recycling and waste management data, we found out that only 10% of trash worldwide is being recycled. What about the rest? It is everywhere, all around the globe, polluting our environment a little bit more every day. So we came up with a solution to protect the world from the impact of human ignorance and make it less dependent on the decisions people make standing in front of the waste bin – says Jakub Luboński, one of the co-founders.
BIN-e is a big step towards smart cities and smart buildings. It contributes to the creation a sustainable economy. Nowadays, the need for renewable resources keeps increasing and so does the number of technologies which are supposed to improve the recycling process. Some people want to save the planet, others treat it as a business opportunity. Regardless the motivation, the society is on the verge of a recycling revolution and BIN-e could become an important part of it.