Sharjah: Sharjah has started installing smart trash bins that offer open Wi-Fi access to the public, compact the trash, and notify the operator when they are full.
The first 10 smart bins have been installed by Bee’ah environment and waste management company near tourist sites in the Heart of Sharjah area.
Designed and built by BigBelly, a leading provider of bin solutions in the US, the 10 new units represent the first phase of months-long installation plan, to roll out several hundreds of Wi-Fi bins across Sharjah and the UAE in prominent and high-footfall locations.
Double-streamed for increased solar capacity, the smart bins also come equipped with sensors to detect when the bin is full. This allows them to communicate with the Bee’ah control room, alerting its cleaning and collections service division Tandeef.
The bins’ solar panels also provide energy to an internal compactor, which allows the bins to collect five times more refuse, before needing to be emptied.
Khalid Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, said: “In cooperation with our strategic partners, Du and Shurooq, the roll-out of BigBelly smart bins across Sharjah is another step forward in cementing Bee’ah’s commitment to environmental innovations, while increasing efficiency and utility of waste collection in the emirate.”
Marwan Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, added: “Shurooq’s tourism projects, such as the Heart of Sharjah, reflect our commitment to creating and developing destinations that are full of innovation and environmentally friendly technologies. In 2010, Shurooq and Bee’ah signed an MoU to work on transforming upcoming and existing tourism projects into eco-friendly destinations.”