5 Eco-Friendly Features of Smart Waste Cans

5 Eco-Friendly Features of Smart Waste Cans

Everything is “smart” these days, from cars to phones to trash compactors, and for a good reason. Smart technology makes our lives easier. It fills in the gaps where human error makes us fall short, offering more precise measurement and automating repetitive processes. However, smart technology doesn’t just help humans: it helps our environment, too. For hospitals, businesses, retail stores, hotels, schools, or other operations that want to divert waste from landfills while streamlining their waste management practices, we recommend Smart Waste Cans

Smart Waste Cans Save Space, Time, and Energy

Smart waste cans can save up to seven times more space in the bin through consistent and reliable compaction. With innovative technology, these waste cans notify staff through text or email when they are approaching full. This feature streamlines the waste management process: there is no need for employees to waste their time checking the garbage cans and emptying them before they are full. We recommend that our clients utilize smart compactors to maximize garbage, recycling, and compost capacity. 

How Are Smart Waste Cans More Eco-Friendly than Other Options?

Smart compactors are more efficient, sanitary, and economical than traditional waste bins. Here are a few eco-friendly features that make them stand out: 

1. Solar-Powered

Traditional trash compactors may be manually operated or automatically operated by electricity. Smart waste cans, like our eCube labs Clean Cube, utilize a combination of solar energy and battery power. Solar provides an abundant, renewable source of power that doesn’t release greenhouse gasses or other chemicals. The sooner a company switches to solar, the sooner they will see cost and energy savings. Switching to solar is a sustainable, long-term solution to reducing energy consumption. 

 2. Sensor-Enabled 

Smart waste cans can sense and report their capacity, then notify staff or management that it is time to switch out the bag. Some compactors, such as Orwak TOM, feature an easy-to-read status bar that indicates fullness, compaction in progress, or that the compactor is ready for normal operation. Smart bins also self-adjust: some models use motion sensors to detect low-traffic periods, opting to compact during this time. Every “smart” aspect of a smart waste bin streamlines operation, from the way one checks its fullness to the way it compacts at appropriate times. 

3. Remotely Accessible

Many models of smart waste bins offer remote accessibility. From anywhere in the world with Wi-Fi, employees can use an app to check the compactor’s fullness. This built-in monitoring system provides valuable information about the company or public space’s waste generation patterns.

5. Reduce Volume

Reduce, reuse, recycle, and compact the rest! After implementing waste reduction and recycling practices, volume reduction is the next step to reducing a company’s environmental impact. Better compaction means fewer trips to the landfill, and fewer trips to the landfill means lower transportation costs and reduced CO2 emissions. 

4. Durable, Customizable, and Adjustable

Smart waste bins are designed to last. After all, for a compactor not to eventually become trash itself, it needs to be made of durable materials and properly maintained. Size options range from as little as 10 gallons to 70 gallons, so these compactors can be custom ordered for any space. If compactors are intended for outdoor sidewalk use in high-traffic areas, they can be used to advertise brands, logos, or other designs. 


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Smart CleanCUBE Compactor 

For a shining example of a smart waste can, take the CleanCUBE Compactor. After installment in a location where waste generation is high, this compactor gets to work compacting its contents into 32, 35, or 64-gallon rolling toter cans. Powered by solar, these compactors are uniquely designed to use energy efficiently. With a compartmentalized solar panel design, the CleanCUBE passes energy around shadows from trees or branches, making use of the natural energy all around it. 


Take a look at CleanCube’s compaction rate: 

Say that a company produces 132 gallons of uncompacted trash per week. Compacted in the CleanCUBE, those 132 gallons only take up the space of 26 gallons. By opting for a CleanCUBE or smart compactor instead of a traditional trash receptacle, the company saves a significant amount of space in their bins, allowing them to stretch out the time between pickups. This also allows them to save money on labor costs and lower their carbon footprint from garbage truck gas emissions. 


Make Your Company Smarter

Companies that invest in a smart waste bin or other trash compactor can reduce their environmental impact while spending less time, money, and labor on waste management systems. When businesses make the switch to better practices, they are doing their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping preserve our planet for future generations.

If you’re looking for ways to make your business more sustainable, or just looking to save time, space, and money, consider investing in a smart waste can, compactor, or baler today.

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To learn more about smart waste cans and sustainable approaches to industrial waste management, contact us at Bay Area Trash Compactor. For the past thirty-seven years, we have supplied high-quality services to everyone from McDonald’s and Starwood Resorts to Kaiser Hospitals and Safeway. With our constantly growing range of products and our customer-oriented strategies, our services can save you time, energy, and money. Learn more by calling us at (833) 562-0665 or emailing [email protected].