UAE gets smart trash cans to combat e-waste

Published January 24th, 2017 - 08:33 GMT
The new bins will tell users whether or not an item is suitable for recycling. (Shutterstock)
The new bins will tell users whether or not an item is suitable for recycling. (Shutterstock)

The world's smartest e-waste bins are set be launched in the UAE, with the developer of the project saying their economical mass-production design add to their uniqueness.

UAE generates one of the region’s biggest amounts of electronics waste, with the average UAE resident generating 17.2 kg of e-waste annually. To meet the growing e-waste recycling demands of UAE and the region, the e-waste bin will be developed by 2020.

The e-Bin is a smart and mobile electronic recycling waste bin, which aims to provide more efficient and improved services in e-waste recycling.

With integrated touch-screen technology, the smart recycling e-Bin will be programmed to communicate relevant information with both the user and the recycling company. For example, the e-Bin will be able to tell the user if it is full and suggest the location of the next nearest e-Bin, while informing the recycling company to come and empty its contents.  It will also tell the user if their item is not suitable for recycling.

The e-Bin is designed by Baharash Architecture, the designers behind projects such as The Sustainable City in Dubai and the Oasis Eco Resort in Liwa.

“Sheets of high quality carbon fibre are vacuum-formed to make relevant parts of the bin, creating a durable, strong, all-weather and lightweight bin,” explains Baharash Bagherian, designer and founder of Baharash Architecture.

The smart e-Bin will not need to be connected to an electrical source as it will use solar power to recharge its touch-screen lid. The smart e-Bin will only become maneuvrable, when an administrator logs onto it.

The company is looking to launch the first generation of the e-Bin in UAE, to coincide with Dubai Expo 2020.

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