Are smart waste bins in your city's future? New report predicts boom in refuse market

Fri, 2015-01-23 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

A new report from ABI Research suggests the market for smarter municipal refuse collection will grow at a 43% CAGR in the next few years. Specifically the report refers to smart bins and remote fill-level solutions for waste management.

"This sector is still in its embryonic phase, with a very low degree of penetration and an ecosystem mostly populated by small and medium-sized players which still do not have either a geographically wide coverage or a substantial volume of deployments to be identified as market leaders,” commented Eugenio Pasqua, Research Analyst at ABI Research. But he said Council Associate Partner Enevo and other players in the sector are gaining market traction, particularly outside the U.S.

What's driving the growth?
ABI researchers say the market growth will come as both municipalities and waste management companies seek to reduce the costs of waste collection with collection route optimization. Deployment of operational smart bins is expected to reach into the hundreds of thousands between now and 2020.

The findings are from ABI's Smart Bins and Refuse Collection: Technologies, Business Models, and Opportunity Assessment analysis.

The report indicates growth of the market is initially expected to remain confined to the countries and regions where the waste management markets are more mature, with the U.S. and Western Europe leading the pack. "But at the same time," researchers say, "organizations in less developed countries will soon start adopting these solutions, given their immediate benefits and cost effectiveness."

What smarter waste collection looks like
Enevo's logistics solution -- Enevo ONe -- uses wireless sensors that work on any container to measure and forecast the fill-level of waste containers, sends it to a cloud-based analytics platform and generates smart collection plans using the most efficient schedules and routes. The company says its solution provides up to 50% in direct cost savings.

But it's not only about cost saving. Collection based on Enevo’s smart plans also significantly reduce emissions, road wear, vehicle wear, noise pollution and work hours.

Optimized versus unoptimized routes
These Enevo graphics illustrate how their system does away with traditional static waste collection routes that sends big trucks out to collect waste whether bins are full or not.







Liz Enbysk is the Council's Editorial Director. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.

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