Innovating India: Solar-Powered Garbage Cans to Signal When Full


Solar powered Garbage Cans

USA and other foreign nations have employed technologies to make trash cans more functional than they are. Although there is no electricity deficit in these countries, the Governments feel strongly about cleanliness and productivity.

Now, for the first time in India, the Government is taking an initiative that combines the best of both worlds, Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. By slowly organizing the health and sanitation sector, the Government can ensure waste is recycled and reused in an effective manner.

For the time being, the trash cans will be equipped with solar cells to send direct alerts to sanitation workers that the bin is full. As a result, cleanliness will take place timely and no one will have to request for garbage can emptying every time it is full.

Claiming to fulfill an effort towards waste management, the Government has requested ideas from the citizens of India about other possible ideas in this field. Reducing waste production at source, ensuring proper disposal or waste and recycling & reuse are the key points of discussion on the myGov portal.

The statement on the website read, “To assist the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” initiative, projects may be setup to create products which are solar-powered trash receptacle and trash compactor that alerts sanitation crews of municipal authorities, when it is full.”

How the Government intends to implement this?

While suggestions have been requested from citizens to help the Government in securely implementing it, there are some ideas of its own.

Internet of Things(IoT) is a hot topic this year and everyone wants to implement it. Specifically in terms of waste management, this seems like the best deal because it connects multiple physical devices for exchange of data.

In the exact same fashion, data will be intercepted from the trash can at the local sanitation body. “The devices send signals through sensors using constraint application protocol (CoAP), Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) etc. and interact with the web-based system using the HTTP protocol, So the existing solution architectures are getting extended,” the website mentions.

How can the Government take a step forward to launch more initiatives?

To be honest, implementing this initiative is going to be the stepping stone of future such capabilities. Right now we’re only connecting two different places for effective waste management.

Following schemes can also be implemented:

  • Make the trash cans more just an eyesore. Install Wi-Fi hotspots and ensure proper segregation of waste.
  • Waste compaction at site – Instead of putting extra pressure at waste disposal areas, waste, once segregated, can be compacted at site by installing crushing machines inside the cans.
  • Waste Management assessment of landfills and disposal sites – The disposal sites in India are already overworked, and newer places have to be identified for healthy disposal of end-waste.
  • Use the energy produced for incineration of waste to power traffic lights, trash cans and other small devices around us

The harsh truth is that Indian cities which produce the maximum waste do not have the required infrastructure to support such ideologies. However, a start is always rough and can lead to results unexpected.

If you have ideas in your mind you would like the Government to know about, go to their website now!

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