Trash Bins are Going Smart – but are Regular Bins Disappearing?

Singapore is slowly and steadily moving towards its vision of beoming the world’s first smart nation. So much so that even trash bins are getting smarter with the ability to act as Wi-Fi hot spots, as you will see from this report – http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/smart-bins-gaining-traction-in-singapore

Some Singapore firms that are pioneering intelligent bins anticipate growing demand for their innovation.

bigbelly_23The report in The Straits Times states that “the bins are solar-powered, have sensors that tell their cleaners how full they are, and come with compactors which give each bin up to eight times the capacity of a normal bin, among other features.”

Amid this great technology push for everything under the sun, I am also noticing that the regular trash bins are becoming scarce. From the Bishan Interchange to plush spots such as Orchard Road, I see them diminishing in numbers.

Perhaps that is because too many bins everywhere throw up the issue of maintenance as they will need manpower to clear them when they get full.

Reasonable enough, but is Singapore ready to have trash strewn around?

G Joslin Vethakumar

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