Automated waste collection for smart cities

More than half of the world’s population have chosen to reach for the opportunities and experiences that city-life offers. Yet, the traditional city of today has severe ramifications on the climate and ecology. Envac’s pneumatic waste collection solution integrates smart city services and makes the city a part of the sustainable and resilient circular economy.

The Envac system alleviates the pressure caused by increased demands on waste rooms and recycling sites in the future city. The system also removes the need for roads and infrastructure typical of old waste collection methods.

Waste and recyclables are disposed of in sanitary and safe inlets. Once the inlets are full – or at pre-programmed times – powerful fans in the collection station are activated. This creates negative airflow that sucks the waste from each inlet to large containers in the collection terminal up to two kilometres from the urban area. Here, a waste collection vehicle picks up the full containers. 

Removing waste collection vehicles from the city significantly reduces greenhouse emissions, air pollution, and congested traffic. Freed-up space enables the Smart City to expand environmentally friendly infrastructure such as parks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. Envac thus helps cities reach UN’s goal 11 by creating more sustainable urban environments and better air quality as a result of less waste collection traffic. Envac’s pneumatic waste collection also has proven positive impact on climate change, covered in UN goal 13, as the pneumatic collection reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90 per cent.

The Envac system uses artificial intelligence to optimise performance. The data and insights gathered are easily integrated with city-specific systems and software. Analysing big data from the city’s different services – such as water, electricity, transportation, and waste collection – enables the innovation of smart services for residents as well as sustainable and efficient resource use.

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