New dumpster camera technology for better waste management

What if smart technology could help you know when your dumpster is full? Better yet, what if that technology could help you optimize your pickup schedule so you’re not paying to empty air from your dumpsters? Think about how many times you’ve been charged for a half-empty pickup—or perhaps worse, you’ve had an overflow of garbage mid-week because your facility produced more garbage than you expected. Adding dumpster camera technology helps you find exactly the right service schedule for your facilities.

Testing new dumpster tech

A few months ago, we started testing camera systems on our commercial waste dumpsters. We monitored how accurately they measure waste volume (they’re pretty accurate!), and we tested whether they actually helped our customers adjust their pickup schedule to be more efficient.

Here’s what we found. After installing Compology camera systems in our dumpsters at several locations, we were able to monitor how much waste was generated in a week and we helped our customers fine-tune their service schedule based on output.

Right sizing with dumpster cameras

The real test was how the system would work during the massive changes brought on by the COVID-19 shutdowns. As we expected, the locations with dumpster camera technology were able to quickly and easily adjust their service schedules in a matter of days, not months.

No one had to physically go out and check dumpsters multiple times a day. No one had to drive out to closed locations to check on waste volume. The cameras not only gave us a view into the dumpster for monitoring and security purposes, they also calculated an estimated waste output without anyone having to guestimate the math to figure out how much waste was being produced. It removed the guesswork from deciding how much to increase or decrease trash pickups.

Having the right number of pickups means no wasted effort, and no burden of unnecessary pickup costs.

Time and cost savings

And we discovered other benefits. We were able to conduct service verification, so we knew whether the dumpsters had been emptied without having to physically visit the location. We could also monitor recycling bins and notify our customers if there were bags of regular trash or other contaminants thrown in with the recycling.

You probably know contamination is a major cause of waste fees when they end up in your recycling bin. In some cases, a hauler won’t even pick up your recycling if they see a lot of regular trash bags or other waste in your bin. Rather than getting charged contamination fees or missing pickups entirely, we were able to monitor the situation and help owners and managers fix the problem before they got charged.

One final bonus we noticed is we helped reduce truck traffic rolling through our customers’ parking lot. By right sizing their waste pickups we prevented unnecessary truck trips. That means fewer alley way blockages and traffic jams around the facility as massive trucks maneuver around the building.

After putting camera technology to the test, we’re proud to offer this service to our customers.

Having cameras on your dumpsters helps you right size your waste pickup schedule, it helps you calculate your actual waste output, and it saves you from unnecessary contamination fees and truck traffic.  

Give us a call to find out how we’re adding Compology dumpster camera technology to our customers’ service plans. Find out how we can help you save with a smart camera system.

How to right-size commercial waste due to COVID-19

How are you managing commercial waste during the shutdown? Whether your state has declared a full shutdown or not, commercial facilities from strip malls to multifamily housing units have contacted us to help them right-size commercial waste due to COVID-19. We’ve heard from companies at all points on the spectrum, and here are the top ways we’ve been helping people adjust.

Commercial waste reductions

From empty office buildings to shuttered shopping malls, we’ve heard from our brick-and-mortar facility managers and property owners that waste has understandably dropped significantly. Retailers and restaurants may still be offering online sales and pick-up service, but for the most part waste output has been noticeably reduced.

We’ve been having video and voice calls with commercial property owners figure out how much their waste has been reduced and to find the right pickup schedule to meet their needs for the foreseeable future.

This means fewer pickups and, in some cases, even a pause in service. For property owners who may not have people on the ground watching their dumpsters right now, we recently started using Compology camera systems in several of our dumpsters. The technology allows owners to gauge waste levels and also keep an eye on unattended dumpsters to watch for unauthorized dumping.

Whether you have an existing contract or not, we can help you evaluate your current waste output and come up with a COVID-19 waste plan that works for you.

Increasing waste volumes

On the opposite end of the spectrum, where has everyone gone? Home. And what are they doing? Many are ordering products online. This leaves our multifamily property owners and online retailers with increased waste production. Overflowing dumpsters at apartment buildings are not uncommon right now.

In one commercial warehouse case, we have Wayfair locations reporting a sizeable increase in waste generated since the shutdown! We’re helping these customers find solutions such as increasing the number of pickups, adding technology like cameras to monitor volume and, in some cases, adding additional dumpsters.

Recycling centers are down in some areas, and you may have noticed recycling pickup is suspended in some municipalities. In these areas, we’re working with property owners and facility managers to find solutions that work in the short-term.

We’re also helping them plan for the long-term by developing continuity plans they can implement when the shutdowns end.

Whichever end of the spectrum you find yourself, we’re here to help you right-size your commercial waste during COVID-19. We may not be able to meet in person, but we can schedule video calls and help you evaluate your current waste needs.

Our team has been working remotely to make sure existing and new customers find the right waste solutions for their facilities right now. We can help you right-size commercial waste due to COVID-19, and also help with a plan of action when shutdowns end.

Give us a call today to talk about right-sizing your waste. We can help you with locations nationwide, no matter how many facilities you own or manage.