Waste management service provider SembWaste will be scaling up its digitalization and automation initiatives in Singapore’s Punggol area. Internet of Things technologies will be used to collect real-time information on the amount of garbage and recyclables being hauled away, as well as generate reports on faults. In turn, this will lead to timely maintenance of equipment.
The provider also plans to organize a fleet of electric trucks for garbage collection.
Also, a new fleet of trucks will be introduced for the collection of refuse, recyclables and garden waste.
This includes 14 electric vehicles (EVs), which make up almost 20% of the fleet that will be deployed.
The service provider will be rolling out ergonomic trucks for better worker comfort and safety. These trucks are fitted with a two-step low entry cabin which makes getting in and out of the truck much easier and safer for the crew. In addition, three recycling trucks will be fitted with side-loaders, which increase collection efficiency as larger 2,200L side-loader recycling bins will be deployed in HDB estates. The lower number of collection rounds and truck trips enhances productivity and reduces the overall carbon footprint of waste collection services.
A key sustainability initiative for households by the waste management service provider is its ‘ezi’ mobile application with engagement-based programmes to encourage and incentivise household recycling.
Residents in the City-Punggol sector can make use of the ‘ezi’ mobile application to locate the nearest Cash-For-Trash stations. The app also has other features such as tips on recycling, educational games and information on upcoming recyclables collection events.
How to better maintain waste management?
- Reduce waste at the source by purchasing products with minimal packaging and opting for reusable items instead of disposable ones.
- Recycle as much as possible by properly sorting materials and using recycling facilities.
- Compost organic waste to create nutrient-rich soil for gardening and landscaping.
- Implement a comprehensive waste management plan for your community or business to ensure proper disposal of waste and increase recycling efforts.
- Educate yourself and others about the importance of proper waste management and the impact of waste on the environment.
- Encourage participation in waste reduction programs, such as “reduce, reuse, recycle” campaigns.
- Work with local government and private companies to increase the number of recycling and composting options available to the public.
- Consider using alternative waste management technologies, such as incineration or anaerobic digestion, to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills.