Waste Management

IoT Solutions

Waste Management

The waste management IoT solution enables cities and industries to manage their waste in an efficient way, reducing the environmental footprint and improving the quality of the service.

  • Digitize bin infrastructure
  • Get real-time data
  • Up to 63% cost savings
Waste Management

IoT Solution for Waste Management

The waste management solution includes smart sensors that use ultrasound technology to measure the fill levels in bins and containers.

They send the data to the Smart Waste Management System, a powerful cloud-based platform, via several IoT communication protocols (Sigfox, LoRaWAN).

The objective is to provide cities and businesses with data-driven decision making, and optimization of waste collection routes.


Benefits of IoT technology for Waste Management


Gain greater efficiency & optimization

Obtain high-quality service to increase citizens’ well-being


Reduce operational costs

Decrease environmental footprint


The Waste Management Solution allows users to...


Applications of Waste Management

• Types of waste to monitor:

Types of waste to monitor - Glass


Types of waste to monitor - Paper


Types of waste to monitor - Plastic


Types of waste to monitor - Clothing


Types of waste to monitor - Electronics


Types of waste to monitor - Electronics


Types of waste to monitor - Liquids


• Types of trash containers:

Main reasons to invest in the solution for key-players

If you are...
Your main objetive is...
Cities and municipalities Keep the city clean
Shopping malls, retailers Save costs and offer good customer experience
Waste collection companies Gain efficiency
Bin producers and resellers Add innovation to the portfolio
Waste management companies (waste brokers) Add value to the service
Manufacturing industries (chemicals, automotive...) Digitize the waste management

Smart Waste Management: A complete IoT Solution

The sensor devices

The sensors measure fill levels in bins via ultrasonic beams. They can monitor any type of waste (mixed waste, paper, plastics, glass, clothing,bio-waste, liquids, electronics, metal….) in bins and containers of various types and sizes.



Parameters to monitor:

  • Pick-up recognition
  • Temperature
  • Fire alarm
  • Overturn alarm

General Features

  • Robustness: water and shock resistant
  • Interoperable: able to connect to any available IoT protocol and/or GSM
  • Easy to install: only 10 seconds per container

Basic use node

Key features:
Measurement: Single ultrasonic beam
Measuring range (cm): 3 – 170 cms.
Connectivity: LoRaWAN / Sigfox
Measurement times: 24x a day
Configuration: Mobile App via BLE or Downlink
Emptying recognition: Accelerometer. Advanced tilt recognition algorithm
Replaceable batteries: Yes
Temperature measurement: Microcontroller thermostat
Dimensions in mm (h/w/d): 50 / 120 / 54 mm
Weight (incl. batteries): 215 grs.
Casing: IP67
Material: Recyclable, polyamide with optical fibers
Mounting options: Screws / Clench / Rails


High accuracy node

Key features:
Measurement: Four ultrasonic beams
Measuring range (cm): 15 – 400 cms.
Connectivity: LoRaWAN / Sigfox
Measurement times: 24x a day
Configuration: Mobile App via BLE or Downlink
Overturn notification: Accelerometer
Replaceable batteries: Yes
Temperature measurement: Microcontroller thermostat
Dimensions in mm (h/w/d): 63 / 200 / 87 mm.
Weight (incl. batteries): 760 grs.
Casing: IP67
Material: Recyclable, polyamide with optical fibers
Mounting options: Screws / Clench / Rails


Configuration Service by Libelium

Libelium’s engineering team offers a tailor-made configuration service for the smart waste management system:

Configuration Service by Libelium

You need to know what type of container you want to measure and select the sensors accordingly.

You need to connect the sensor to some network to send the data to the cloud. Therefore, you have to take into account all the networks available on site.

The sensors need to be configured using Bluetooth technology via a configurator app.

Libelium guides you through the process to adjust the configuration (measurement times, network, recognition of pickup), check the network connection, check the battery status and much more.

The Waste Management System

The powerful cloud-based platform can be configured, to monitor and plan everyday waste management activities. See all the bins on a digital map and via street view including capacity, waste type, last measurement, GPS location, and collection schedule or pick recognition.

Monitor real-time fill level, see predictions, plan collection routes, see pick reports and deal with reports from citizens. Obtain detailed bin inventory, optimize bin location (capacity, cost), record maintenance

The Waste Management System
Decalog of functionalities

Detailed bin inventory

All monitored bins and stands can be seen on the map to be visited at any time via the Street View feature from Google. Bins or stands are visible on the map as green, orange or red circles. The number in the circle represents the last measurement (%).

See bin details in the Dashboard – capacity, waste type, last measurement, GPS location and collection schedule or pick recognition.


Real-time bin monitoring

The Dashboard displays real-time data on fill levels of bins monitored by smart sensors.

In addition to the % of fill-level, based on the historical data, the tool predicts when the bin will become full. Sensors recognize picks as well to check when the bin was last collected.

Real-time data and predictions allows the user to eliminate the overflowing bins and stop collecting half-empty ones.


Expensive bins

Identify bins that drive up collection costs. The tool calculates a rating for each bin in terms of collection costs. The tool considers the average distance depo-bin-discharge in the area.

The tool assigns bin a rating (1-10) and calculates the distance from depo-bin discharge.
Users can relocate depo or discharge and adjust pricing based on the rating.


Understand filling cycles
What is the filling cycle for the bin? Find a bin on the map or in the dashboard, and access a filling graph to see its filling cycles and picks over the last few weeks.

If it gets full very fast, users might consider increasing capacity to save collection costs.


Do not miss a pick
How many bins did you miss last week? For periodically picked bins, the tool provides “pick evaluation” recording picks (sensor) and comparing them to the schedule. Identify in real-time any missed, or off-schedule picks.


Adjust bin distribution
Ensure the most optimal distribution of bins. Identify areas with either dense or sparse bin distribution. Make sure all trash types are represented within a stand. Based on the historical data, user can adjust bin capacity or location where necessary.


Eliminate unefficient picks
Eliminate the collection of half-empty bins. The sensors recognize picks. By using real-time data on fill levels and pick recognition, we can show you how full the bins you collect are.
The report shows how full the bin was when picked. You immediately see any inefficient picks below 80% full.


Plan waste collection routes
The tool semi-automates waste collection route planning. Based on current bin fill levels and predictions of reaching full capacity, user is ready to respond and schedule waste collection.

  • Compare planned vs. executed routes to identify any inconsistencies.
  • Plan collection routes automatically: fixed or on-demand
  • Optimize collection routes, frequencies and vehicle loads
  • Optimize the use of resources (fleet, FTEs, time)
  • Calculate collection costs, time and distance
  • Track collection vehicles on the road

Calculate costs (optional tool)
The tool uses several variables to calculate waste collection costs, and helps to reduce them. Bellow the map, you can see Costs, Costs/m3, Cost/kg, Duration, Length km, Volume m3 and Weight kg for each route. In addition to the bins, other settings can be applied such as collection vehicles, depots, discharges, to calculate their related costs.


Solve reports (optional tool)
Introduce Citizen app to citizens. It allows them to report any issues with bins via a mobile app. You can resolve these issues in the Dashboard. The reports include bin identification, GPS location and citizens can even attach photos. Using the app is faster and easier than reporting via email or social media.