25 Apr '12, 1pm

Smart, Solar-Powered Kiosks for Recycling and Composting Send Text When They're Full

Smart, Solar-Powered Kiosks for Recycling and Composting Send Text When They're Full

© University of Washington Office of News and Information Last year, the University of Washington realized it had a big waste problem. A sampling of the garbage at the campus's Red Square found that 61 percent was actually compostable. To make sure the compostable waste wasn't going out with the garbage, the university decided to seek a high-tech solution in the form of smart, solar-powered kiosks that collect garbage, compost and recyclables and communicate wirelessly when they need to be emptied. The kiosks have lots of cool features. They consist of three bins , one for each kind of waste, that are programmed to a preset capacity based on worker safety. Sensors inside the bins alert the university's Recycling and Solid Waste Department by sending a text message when the bins are about to reach that capacity. The bins compact the waste they collect, allowing them to hold...

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