In the digital age, businesses rely on technology to keep operations running smoothly. From electronic files to internet-connected security measures, technological advancements can make performing critical tasks more efficient and convenient. But did you know that technology can also affect the way you dispose of your trash?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that municipal solid waste production rates reached 262.4 million tons in 2015, representing a more than 90,000 ton increase from the year prior. But not every American business owner pays close attention to the amount of waste they generate. The EPA points out a huge reason businesses should care about their waste management: it costs money. The smarter you can be about what you throw into your waste bins (and when those bins are picked up), the more you'll be able to save.
We encounter a fair amount of "smart" features in our daily lives -- like the smartphones we use to check our email and the smart locks and security systems that keep your business safe from intruders. You might not realize that smart waste management even exists, but this is another offering that leverages technology to boost efficiency and cost savings. By embracing technological advancements specifically designed to improve trash collection, you can make your business run more smoothly and eliminate unnecessary costs.
In the past, businesses were forced to stick to regulations outlined in their waste management contracts. Trash pick-up days were predetermined, taking place regardless of whether dumpsters actually needed to be collected. These unnecessary trips translated into higher expenditures for both businesses and trash collection agencies and made it more difficult for customers to have control over their waste management solutions.
But that's changed dramatically with IoT-connected options. Now that garbage sensors are used to monitor trash levels in real time, collection providers can pass on both flexibility and cost savings to area businesses. When you utilize a garbage sensor to assess waste levels and communicate with your waste management company, you can avoid spending money on collections for half-full bins. In fact, moving from fixed collection days to a more flexible model could provide up to 28% in cost savings.
Even if your business likes to stick to what's tried and true, you don't have to be limited in how you approach waste management. The traditional methods of trash collection result in higher costs and decreased convenience for businesses like yours. Regardless of how heavily you rely on technological devices in the workplace, your organization can still benefit from higher levels of connectivity in your garbage bins.
Although we may occasionally gripe about the negative effects technology has on our society, it has undoubtedly made our lives easier. You can probably name a number of ways that technology has helped your business succeed. Utilizing garbage sensors and other digital waste management services is just one more way your organization can thrive. To learn more about how our innovative solutions can give you increased control over your waste management and help you cut related costs, please contact us today.