The garbage isn’t quite taking itself out yet, but NSR and collaborators are now testing a new needs-based waste collection system with around 2,000 Helsingborg homeowners. They’ve mounted sensor sliders onto existing bins, and simply moving the slider when the bins are ready to be emptied automatically sends a pickup request. It’s quick and convenient for homeowners and it lets the waste collection service plan routes based on real user needs. Waste collection workers will no longer need to stop and check if a bin needs to be emptied. They’ll know before they start their route exactly where pick-up is needed. The solution makes unnecessary stops and emptying barely filled bins a thing of the past. And it makes planning and driving the routes much more efficient – reducing vehicle emissions in addition to the time saved by eliminating unnecessary stops. The solution also makes it easier for homeowners to see exactly how much waste they produce, which often has the added bonus of reducing this amount. And this may open up a way for people to reduce their own waste collection cost in the future. Learn more about the project and watch a short movie to see how it works.