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How smart waste management has increased efficiency at Hearts for the Homeless

Hearts for the Homeless, is a not-for-profit charitable organization, set up in 1990 to feed the homeless in Buffalo, New York. Over the years, the organization has expanded to include collecting textiles, textile recycling and selling lightly used clothes. In considering ways to help the organization scale and grow their collection activities, they turned to Enevo to see if we could help them use data to increase efficiency and support future growth.
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The ongoing march of technology in Waste Management

A common perception of the Waste and Recycling industry is that it is very conservative, utilizing tried-and-true methods with little appetite for change.
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The disruption of the waste management industry is accelerating

Over the last two decades, technology has slowly but constantly become more embedded in our lives. As this has happened, this has also led to the costs continuing to fall, while the range of potential uses has dramatically increased.
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Customer Obsession is the next revolution in the Waste Industry

A tour of the floor at Waste Expo this year showed a clear trend in the variety of new technologies available to the waste industry.
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Enevo helps Edinburgh win APSE UK award in Scotland

The City of Edinburgh in Scotland is another Enevo customer who has sought to find out if smart technology could help them become more efficient in how they manage waste.
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Packaging, waste and the Jevons Paradox

More sophisticated and effective food packaging has increased our culinary options, allowing more out of season and exotic foodstuffs to be available all year round.  This is great if you’re looking to grab something interesting to eat over your lunch break, but it isn’t necessarily good news once this packaging becomes waste.
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Rotterdam shows the path to becoming a smart city and harnessing the Internet of Things

For much of the last year, I’ve written about how cities are changing, about how the shift to smart cities and the uptake of the Internet of Things will happen. I believe that Rotterdam in the Netherlands is a clear example of the evolution we’re seeing and also that more and more cities will follow their lead and probably surprisingly quickly. Rotterdam isn’t the only city to have done this but this new video about the work that they’ve been doing with Enevo, is to me, a perfect example for the smart city and Internet of Things journey many, many cities will take.
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Rotterdam begins the shift to 21st century waste management

In a new case study, we’re delighted to highlight Rotterdam’s progress toward more efficient waste collection. The second largest city in the Netherlands and one of the world’s busiest container ports, Rotterdam like many communities, needs to manage growing waste levels efficiently and effectively.  
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The perfect storm for waste management?

Across the globe, presently we face a range of competing and conflicting challenges. Many of these could in some respects also be described as a series of “black swan” moments. The term “black swan” was coined by Nassem Taleb to describe events that come as a surprise and have a major impact but are also often rationalized after the fact to hindsight.
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Could collecting empty bins lose you money in rural areas?

In the area of waste management, contracts are traditionally awarded to collect waste across a geographical area. As part of this contract there is a charge for emptying a bin on an agreed schedule. There are also usually extra charges for bin weight over a certain level.
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How will ongoing budget cuts impact your street cleaning services?

You don’t need to look too far into expectations within local government about the direction budgets might move in the coming years. I’ve read a number of stories and reports recently and they all say that budgets are expected to continue to fall. In fact one report from a respected national source showed nearly a 90% expectation of future cuts.
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Micro-waste impact in a macro-waste world

The CABA blog post last December, “Small Business Needs to Engage in Paris and Beyond” stated a clear call to action for small businesses to join the efforts toward reducing their impact climate change. However, the achievement of sustainability goals can sometimes seem overwhelming to small companies – there are drastic measures that need to be taken in order to reach the goals set in Paris at COP21.
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Technology is re-inventing waste management & it’s a good thing

Enevo began 5 years ago on the premise that technological advances could have a transformational impact on how we manage waste. Today this is a reality!
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5 tech solutions for preventing illegal dumping

As we reflect on 2015 and plan for 2016, many look to understand the pressures that affected their year.  While there were a wide variety of topics affecting the waste industry this year (see economics of recycling, ongoing commitments to CNG investments in the face of lower diesel rates, and exciting momentum toward reducing food waste), I wanted to write about a lesser publicized issue – illegal dumping.
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Circular Economy will help accelerate Smart Waste Innovation and efficiency in 2016

During 2015 Circular Economy gained significant momentum across the globe which we see continuing through 2016 and beyond. Combined with Smart technologies, the Internet of Things and big data, we see 2016 as being a year that we come to see as a major moment in the shift to smart and more sustainable waste management.
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Fewer bin collections will not save you money

Recently I’ve spotted a story or two in the media suggesting that some UK Councils are considering (or even piloting) reducing the regularity in which they collect household waste.  
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Key contributors

Jason Knowles is Enevo's Vendor Relations Manager. Jason has a comprehensive history in the Waste industry in hauling and management capacities. He has a degree in Supply Chain Management.
Rob is sustainability professional and Chartered Waste Manager who has been working at the forefront of resource efficiency initiatives and innovations, assisting organisations to implement circular economy strategies.
Ashley Turberfield is Enevo's Product Marketing Manager. Ashley started his career in the food packaging industry before moving into the technology and IOT industry and is now applying this experience within Enevo.
Andy Crofts, is Enevo’s UK Sales Director and has over 20 years of Local Authority Experience in Waste and Street Cleansing. Clean Britain Gold Award and National Winner 2014.
Geoff Aardsma, is Enevo’s North American Senior Sales Director and has an extensive background in the Waste Management industry, a degree in Biochemistry and a MBA in Sustainable Management
Olli Gunst is Marketing Manager at Enevo. In this blog he shares his thoughts and ideas about smart technologies and the circular economy.