Traditional waste practices dictated that the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne blindly collect every single one of their pedestrian litter bins – regardless of fill levels.
Then, Enevo stepped in.
In partnership with the Newcastle City Council, Enevo installed 1200 of its patented sensors to monitor fill levels and collections while advanced
analytics software evaluated and predicted waste behavior to create custom collection schedules.
Newcastle’s unique waste data and collection schedules informed Enevo’s routing software, creating a unique collection route to match the bins in need. Enevo determined the most sustainable route between containers in need, driving the fewest number of miles while avoiding litter overflow.
When containers received exactly the right amount of service needed and waste trucks only drove the exact number of miles necessary, Newcastle saw change:
Aligning Newcastle’s waste services to its actual waste behavior reduced resources required by 50%, allowing the city to reallocate those resources towards litter picking, graffiti cleaning, and other public services. With trucks running less often, carbon emissions decreased by 49%.
Newcastle citizens also experienced less litter bin overflow, less traffic, less noise, fewer disturbances, and more general community cleanliness and serenity. With a more peaceful and tidy neighbourhood, community complaints decreased by 51%.
Saving money, saving the planet, and happier citizens – now that’s smart waste for a Smart City.