A new monitoring device aimed at eliminating half full compactor collection rounds has been launched in the UK.
Developed in the US in 1996, SmartTrash is a device which attaches to a compactor and tracks a number of variables, including the level of current entering the motor, door opening cycles and historic weight per cycle.
That information is then transmitted by wireless internet to a research base in San Francisco, where it is analysed by hand and used to determine the optimum time for a collection, which is then passed to the compactor owner.
The team behind the technology believe that the SmartTrash system can provide savings of up to 35% and are so confident that it will be able to offer customers savings that it has offered a 30 day free trial.
A SmartTrash spokesman said: “It’s for anybody who’s got a waste compactor, if it’s something serviced twice a week, we can reduce haulage by half.
“We consider it a longer-term product. We want to change the way the waste sector is working at the moment, and we want to make sure that people are getting what they pay for.”