Posted on: 20 May 2015Share
It's a fact that Americans throw away a lot of trash. In fact, although they represent 5% of the world population, they throw away 30% of its trash. This includes enough waste to emit 3.3 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and 28 billion pounds of wasted food. Apartment complexes certainly add to this number, but there's new tech out there that can help cut back.
Smart Trash Cans
Now that we're living in the age of the Internet, all manner of objects are getting computer chips and sensors, including trash cans. It will shortly become possible to buy trash cans that can help you regulate your spending and waste practices.
This technology often includes having a sensor on the can to automatically scan barcodes of what you're throwing away. It will also soon be possible to install other cheap sensors in trash cans as well, such as those that can measure weight to tell you how many pounds you're throwing out.
You'll be able to use this technology to analyze your waste habits and find ways to cut down on what you throw away. By using more of your food and other products instead of throwing them out when there's still some left, you'll be cutting down on what needs to be added to landfills.
Another object that's on the verge of becoming universally smart is the dumpster. There have been experiments with smart dumpsters that are capable of telling when they are full in order to contact dumpster services so the services only show up when the dumpsters are full. This can go a long way to helping save not only money for the apartment complex but also gas.
The less fuel dumpster service companies have to spend making trips out to dumpsters, the less fossil fuels end up in the atmosphere. In addition, these dumpsters also have air sensors capable of analyzing trash being thrown out. This can help give your apartment association data on whether the people living there should be encouraged to alter their waste practices.
By encouraging your association to get a dumpster like this one when it becomes commercially available, you could be doing quite a lot in terms of helping reduce food waste and carbon dioxide waste from fuel. The association itself will also likely be able to save money in the process by reducing dumpster service trips and the amount of waste that needs to be disposed.