With the rapid increase in the urban population and changes in our consumption habits, we have started to drown in the waste we are creating. A few decades back, waste consumption was an alarming concern only for developing countries but now it has turned into a global issue.
And who is unaware of the consequences involved with the lack of waste management practices?
AN INCREASE IN WASTE PRODUCTION IS NOT MATCHING OUR EFFORTS TOWARD WASTE MANAGEMENT
According to the world bank: “The world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, with at least 33 percent of that—extremely conservatively—not managed in an environmentally safe manner. Worldwide, waste generated per person per day averages 0.74 kilograms but ranges widely, from 0.11 to 4.54 kilograms. Though they only account for 16 percent of the world’s population, high-income countries generate about 34 percent, or 683 million tonnes, of the world’s waste. When looking forward, global waste is expected to grow to 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050, more than double population growth over the same period.”
Below is a statistic shared by the world bank:
The Middle East, even with the comparatively less waste generation per year, is the one of the most effected regions due to deficient waste management facilities. The waste collection services are also inadequate in most of the African countries mainly in North Africa, with the average Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) collection rate being 55% only.
Due to a lack of efficient solid waste management solutions, the Arab countries are also standing among the key sufferers. In recent years, several countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait & United Arab Emirates (UAE) have come up with several solid waste management plans but their efficacy is yet to be proved. The world and especially the Middle East countries are in desperate need of an effective solid waste management solution.
HOW CAN WE CREATE A ZERO-WASTE WORLD?
The impact of increasing solid waste can be seen easily on lands turning barren, marine life getting extinct and humans falling prey to life-threatening diseases.
To tackle such a tremendous increase in solid waste production, we have to level up our game of solid waste management. Only through effective solid waste management practices, we can live better and leave the planet as a safe place to live for our future generation.
To save the land and sea from being swallowed by solid waste, we can put our required actions into 2 main categories:
1. Reduction in non-biodegradable waste
2. Get a formal waste management solution
EFFECTIVE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL
Along with plastic, chemical, electric and electronic waste is also an area of concern when it comes to effective solid waste management. The governments, NGOs, Businesses, and Communities are striving to make solid waste management an effective process on a day-to-day basis. And it’s where Convexicon comes into play.
SMART SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
All of us dream to be living in clean surroundings and the route to this goal is through effective solid waste management. Waste management especially waste collection in urban areas is not as easy as it sounds. For efficient waste management, we first need to have smart trash bins through the use of sensors and integrated software for monitoring. The waste collection tasks allocation and tracking also need to be digitized for effective management. These new styles of waste removal and disposal are not common yet and there is a big gap in the progress made and the actual need.
Convexicon has come up with an effective solution to this problem through its Smart Solid Waste Management Software. Convexicon provides its solid waste management services in many cities and municipal corporations in India and is now expanding its services across the globe. The Smart Solid Waste Management Solution provided by Convexicon comes with the IoT Sensor technology and Real Time Tasks Monitoring Modules. The application allows the app-admin/assigned users to manage the waste collection vehicles, including their tracking and effective route planning. The garbage bin filling and pickups can be categorized and tracked in real-time from a centralized command and control center.
HOW CONVEXICON’S SMART SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WORKS?
Below are the key steps followed for smart solid waste management in the solution provided by Convexicon:
GIS Data Capture: Handheld GPS devices allow the field engineers to capture bin locations and the data captured is plotted on the maps allowing all the assigned users to view the data.
GPS Installation: GPS Devices are being installed in the vehicles/machines deputed for the waste collection. The application allows the users to assign specific locations and routes to these vehicles as per the requirement. The GPS tracking feature also helps with tracking the driver’s movements.
RFID Reader Installation and Bin Tagging: RFID readers are fitted into the waste collection vehicles and the RFID tags are fitted into all the bins allowing the system to capture the data. RFID tags have geo-location information stored which is captured by the RFID readers fit into the waste collection vehicle, allowing real-time tracking of waste collection. The tags can also be used for category-wise waste collection.
Additional to the advanced IoT functionalities, Convexicon’s Smart Solid Waste Management Solution, comes with the following key features:
1. Bin fill-level notifications
2. Missed bin notifications
3. Bin pick-up notifications
4. Detailed reports based on a selected timeline leading to better planning and decision making
5. Citizen grievance mobile app for swift redressal of citizen grievances
6. Field staff mobile app allowing effective task allocation and tracking
7. Driver apps allowing effective location and route allocation and tracking
Therefore, by connecting technology with the passion for clean surroundings, Convexicon helps to formalize solid waste management practices at a level that we can succeed in keeping our cities and states clean.
Whatever the size of your waste footprint, the area to be managed, and wherever you are in the world, Convexicon can help you.