Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Cleaner Cities with Smart Trash Cans

PostedDecember 3, 2017

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LEDE: You probably won’t even notice but, if you walk many in D-C streets, now you’ll be passing by and dropping your litter in “smart” trash cans.

Randy Atkins: Outdoor furniture company Victor Stanley has engineered trash cans that let the city know when they’re full. Bryan Slaughenhoupt, vice president of product development, says they’ll make trash truck routing more efficient.

Bryan Slaughenhoupt: We utilize GPS in conjunction with various environmental and proximity sensors within the receptacles, which continuously monitor and transmit fill levels to our Cloud-based web portal.

Randy Atkins: Slaughenhoupt says that information will prevent both overflowing trash and needless trips to empty cans, while helping cities…

Bryan Slaughenhoupt: …reduce their fuel costs associated with the pickups, their carbon footprint, and traffic congestion.

Randy Atkins: More than 500 of the smart trash cans were recently installed here in D-C. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.