If you are a local government, how do you feel about spending wages on emptying empty bins? If you are currently managing litterbins as it has always been done, you are emptying bins that are 30-40% full. That means you are spending 2-3 times what you need to keep bins tidy and not overflowing. Further, you are paying overtime on weekends to service bins that aren’t full.
SmartBin gives you the information you need to ignore the bins that don’t need servicing, only paying wages when they need to be emptied. With SmartBin your staff will receive an alert when a bin is nearly full and you will be able to remotely monitor all of the litter bins on your own portal. SmartBin Live provides you with monthly reports to show how much waste is being removed from each bin, and how often it is emptied. It allows you to see which bins you need and which you don’t.
So why are we over servicing litterbins so much? Human nature. Everyone involved with waste at the council is criticised when bins overflow, so naturally bins are serviced to ensure they don’t. They are on set schedules that are set to ensure the most heavily used and unpredictable bins don’t reach capacity. If you have 500 litterbins, you are servicing 450 more often than you need to because 50 of them fill quickly.
The introduction of rate capping to CPI in Victoria has increased pressure on councils to stretch their budgets further. The challenge is to control costs without impacting on services to residents and businesses. It is in this environment that councils are starting to adopt SmartBin, because servicing bins 2-3 more times than you need to adds nothing to your communities.
What could your council do with 1-5 field staff that now have capacity to help in other areas?