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What is smart waste management?

As the world population keeps growing, so does the amount of waste that population produces on a daily basis. To make sure the cities and towns around the globe don’t end up looking like a garbage collection site, it is important to manage all of the waste that these concentrations of people produce. That is where the all too familiar garbage trucks come in, who pick up the trash and empty all of the bins so they can be filled once more. Recently, though, there have been innovations and explorations into new ways to manage all that waste and to do so more efficiently. This is what we call smart waste management, and we’d love to tell you more about it!


Because smart waste management is a relatively new concept, there aren’t a lot of experts in the field available yet. However, you will definitely be able to find a few motivated and smart people who are eager to find more sustainable solutions for issues like waste build-up in and around cities or other places around the world. Search engines will help you get started in that regard.

Keeping cities clean

Smart waste management is especially interesting in the context of a city. This is because in a city, there are a lot of people who live close to each other. The more people there are in a single place, the faster the waste builds up in that place. This makes it increasingly important to properly, and smartly, manage all that waste. This is why smart waste management experiments and such are usually conducted in cities and not in more rural areas.

Saving the environment

Another reason why smart waste management has gained more attention in recent years is because the environment is becoming more and more polluted every single year, or even day. People have started to realise that the impact of our waste on nature is far from trivial and thus needs to be minimised. Smart waste management is one of the ways in which this can be done.

Using resources properly

Smart waste management also uses technology to plan more efficiently. This means the same amount of work can be done with fewer resources, resulting in savings of fuel, time and energy. In that regard, smart waste management has more to do with efficient planning than with the actual management of waste!