You know when you drive to a bring-in site, ready to do your bit for the environment by recycling your waste, only to find it totally overflowing? And you need to decide if you’re just going to chuck your waste on the floor (bad and illegal) or keep it in you car for another day (annoying and inconvenient)?
Well, Malta’s iBiNs are here to help… but now, they’re getting a mega update.
Vodafone Malta, together with GreenPak, are stepping in to help sort out this issue
A new app, ibins.greenpak.com.mt, will use your location to let you know where the closest iBiN is that isn’t over-flowing.
If you don’t know what an iBiN is, they were installed last November all over Malta and Gozo. They’re basically recycling bins with smart sensors installed that notify the right people when the bin needs to be emptied.
The iBiNs are installed with smart technology which transmits data indicating their capacity levels over Vodafone’s new Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network. The data is then fed into the web app, which people can use for free to check which recycling bins are closest to them and how full up those bins are.
This data will also be used by GreenPak to find out which of its bins need to be emptied, leading to increased efficiency.
Since the iBiNs were installed all over Malta and Gozo back in November 2018, the collection of plastic waste has doubled, and CO2 emissions were reduced by around 23%
The project is being supported by the Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes Initiative, and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
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