Is Automated Waste Collection the Future of Public Waste Disposal?

According to the Maroochydore City Council on the Sunshine Coast, it is. The local council made headlines back in 2016 when they announced plans to “ditch wheelie bins in high-tech rubbish revolution”, and with stage one of the project due to be completed later this year, it looks like public waste disposal as we know it really is about to change.

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This new high-tech waste collection system is an Australian-first and is expected to be a landmark addition to the new 53-hectare Maroochydore CBD. Completed in stages over the next decade, the local council believes this project will make their city one of the cleanest and greenest in the world.


Rather than using traditional wheelie bins, the city’s waste will be transported from apartments and commercial buildings at a speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour, through a six-and-a-half-kilometre network of underground pipes. According to the Sunshine Coast Council Mayor, a project of this scale is really only possible because the pipes will be getting installed in a new area, if it needed to be retrofitted in an existing space, it would prove much more difficult.


What are the Benefits of Automated Waste Disposal?


The benefits of this project are expected to be immense.


“The rubbish revolution means that city workers and residents will never have to walk past rows of wheelie bins or be woken early by noisy garbage trucks in the Maroochydore city centre,” Councillor Jamieson said.


The new automated system will also eliminate the odours associated with waste and reduce the cost of daily street cleaning, as well as the presence of vermin.


If you’re wondering how general waste will be separated from recyclable goods, the council also has a plan for that. The system will be equipped with three waste inlets, including slots for general, organic, and recyclable waste.


“Waste dropped into each inlet will be stored in a sealed compartment below ground until the vacuum pump is activated at the central waste facility, usually twice each day,” he said.


This revolutionary waste disposal method has already been implemented in Stockholm, Seoul, Barcelona, London, Singapore, and Beijing, all of which have reported better recycling rates since the system’s introduction.


Setting the council back a whopping $21 million, half of this cost will be covered by the Sun-Dental development company, while the other half will be collected over time from residents who use it in the future.


Servicing apartment residents, businesses, and the local community and visitors in public areas, residents are keen to see how the completed project turns out.


There’s no indication as to whether a project of this scale will be undertaken in Western Australia, however, for your bulk waste needs, you can always contact the team at Bulk Waste Collection. We’ll get rid of your waste quickly, while still putting the environment’s best interests first.

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