Even as we reduce waste and close the loop on materials use, we will continue to need some form of materials collection. Today, there are a lot of inefficiencies in the waste collection system. Trucks are dispatched to pick up half-empty containers, while other containers overflow. Companies rely on incomplete data regarding waste pick-ups to track recycling and other aspects of waste management.

Finland-based Enevo Oy has developed a new system to alleviate these problems. ONe Collect uses sensors to monitor waste levels in containers in real time. Customers can monitor statistics on how much waste they’re shipping and when. The system can not only cut down on unneeded trips, but provide better feedback that can be used to reduce how much waste is produced in the first place.

New applications for sensors are being piloted all the time. What other new applications have you seen? How might they improve resource performance?