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Smart Waste Bins

Smart Waste Bins in Adelaide

The City of Adelaide is trialling solar-powered ‘Smart Bins’ in key areas of the city to help keep our streets cleaner and more attractive.

Stage 1 of the trial will see three ‘Smart Bins’ installed on Hindley Street, one on Pirie Street and one at the Princess Elizabeth Playground in the Adelaide Park Lands.

Pending the outcome of the trial, further Smart Bins are planned for high-pedestrian and high-use areas of the city.


How do the bins work?

The ‘Clean Cube’ bins use innovative cloud-based technology to optimise waste collection. Inside each cube is a normal wheelie bin which sits under a solar-powered sensor that provides real-time data information about how full the bin is and when it needs to be emptied.

The cubes also contain a compactor which condenses the rubbish inside when it reaches a certain level. This enables a 120-litre bin to hold up to 960 litres of rubbish – about 8 x more rubbish than a normal waste bin.

Once the bin reaches a desired fill level and the rubbish can’t be compacted any further, the sensor will notify the City’s cleansing team that the bin needs to be emptied.  

What are the benefits?

By using smart waste technology, the bins can be emptied on an as-need basis, preventing rubbish from overflowing and spilling onto the footpath and thus ensuring cleaner and more hygienic streets and public spaces.

They will also increase operational effectiveness in the waste collection chain, reducing costs and labours associated with rubbish removal. This includes a reduction of operational costs and reduced frequency of waste collections, saving money for our ratepayers.

How do the cleansing team know when they need to empty a bin?

A telecommunication module allows signals to be sent and received from the Clean Cube. All data is collected and organised so that end users can easily make decisions about their current operations. The team will have access to an app which will provide them with information about the status and fill level of the bin inside the Cube.

How will they make rubbish collecting more efficient?

Waste collection can be inefficient when using static routes and schedules.  Some bins are nearly empty, making waste collection unnecessary. Some bins are overflowing with waste causing unnecessary clean-up costs. This type of inefficiency wastes time and money while impacting on the environment.

This technology optimises waste collection, which in return frees up labour from unnecessary collections, reducing collection frequency and costs.

How long does it take to charge the Cube?

On average, 2-3 days of four hours of sunlight can fully charge the unit.

What happens if it’s cloudy?

There is an internal battery that stores the energy. Fully charged, the Clean Cube bins can function up to four weeks.

Who is supplying the bins?

The smart bin cubes are supplied by Smart City Solutions, a South Australian based company founded in 2016 by SA’s Luke Johnston and Victorian Raymond Hughes. All research and development was undertaken in Australia.

Smart City Solutions offers a smart, connected, sustainable waste management solution that dramatically improves the efficiency of waste collection while making communities cleaner.

The Clean Clube solar-powered self-compacting waste and recycling bins are the only solar bins in the world to house the 120L Australian Standard wheelie bin. They can hold up to eight times the amount of compacted waste for each bin, respectively holding 960 litters onsite before collection.

The core of the Smart City Solutions sustainable waste and recycling system is the Clean City Networks (CCN), a cloud based platform system. The CCN is an integrated software solution that transforms real-time sensor data from the Clean Cube into data that can be used to manage bin collection.

Further Information: View Media Release 

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