3 Compelling Reasons to Move towards Smart Waste Management
Waste management is a critical issue, especially in countries like Singapore that has limited land resources. In fact, according to the National Environmental Agency (NEA), over 5.88 million tonnes of solid waste was generated in 2020 alone. Paper and cardboard formed the bulk of the waste followed by metals and plastics. Rapid urbanisation, population and technological advancements have caused this increase over the last decades. As such, a more modern form of waste management is required to keep Singapore the clean and green city it is known to be.
Smart waste management allows technology and data to create a more efficient way to allocate resources, and costs and improve the sustainability of waste services. This leads to a reduction in the negative impact of waste on the environment.
Here are some compelling reasons to move towards smart waste management:
1) Limited landfill space a problem with increased waste generation
Growing urbanisation and population meant that traditional waste management methods are no longer able to keep up with the extent to which waste is generated. With Singapore’s limited land space, it is unsustainable for waste to be buried. Moreover, with Singapore’s one and only landfill projected to reach capacity by 2023, this meant that we’re running out of space and need to be creative in the ways we handle the waste. While some efforts have been made by the government to encourage everyone to recycle, this will only delay the inevitable and not fix the problem.
2) Environment and Health impact of inefficient waste management
90% of the waste is instead incinerated to save landfill space, potentially leading to increased air pollution. Increased carbon emissions may also pose a health hazard to the existing population and the environment. Moreover, improper waste removal can attract pests and vermin. The waste from houses and commercial buildings is normally contaminated and moist from food particles, attracting unsavoury smells, roaches and rats. Smart waste management can help in reducing these health hazards by promoting proper waste management practices.
3) Waste management efficiency lowers costs and improves standards of living
Investment in infrastructure and technology can help improve waste management efficiency. With AR Robotics and Automation’s Multiplexor Smart Waste Compactor, we can manage the costs of waste management by first of all reducing reliance on manpower and reducing the weight of wastes by removing wastewater. Less spillage occurring will create a better and more sanitary environment for the building in question. This will not only improve the efficiency of waste management but also help in creating a cleaner and healthier environment for everyone.
With AR Robotics and Automation, our Smart Dual Compactor offers all the above solutions and more. Our SMART IoT system and proprietary design make it easy for you to manage compactors and therefore reduce resource consumption and costs. Our design offers better waste storage, and reduces odour emissions from refuse that could potentially be fire hazards or are breeding grounds for bacteria. It’s the perfect modern solution to modern, everyday issues. Find out more.