Swedish garbage bins could soon be digitally connected. Helsingborg-based Bintel AB has developed a system to allow consumers control over when their waste needs to be collected and optimizes collection routes for the garbage trucks.

The system works through a transmitter on the garbage bin that the customer activates when the bin needs emptying. The process takes place when needed instead of on scheduled days. The goal is to reduce the environmental impact by using fewer garbage trucks that travel fewer miles. An early test project showed a 40 percent reduction in traffic after the system was installed.

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