Top 5 Benefits of Dumpster Camera Technology

There are three major problems our customers tell us keep them up at night: how to cut waste costs, how to hold haulers accountable when service requirements aren’t met, and how to implement new sustainability goals, whether they’re issued from municipalities or their own corporate headquarters. In 2020, we implemented Compology camera technology in all our dumpsters to address these issues. Here are the top five benefits of using dumpster camera technology.

Reduce waste spending

Companies that use dumpster cameras report saving as much as 30% compared to pre-camera service levels. This reduction primarily comes from cutting down on unnecessary pickups and saving on recycling contamination fees. Dumpster camera technology helps us determine the real waste volume a client is producing (rather than just a guesstimation). From there, we can right-size their service level and keep them from overspending on pickups.

Compology dumpster camera technology is also able to detect more than six common types of contamination with 98% accuracy. Customers can more easily identify and remediate recycling contamination before they’re charged hefty fees.

Reduce pickups

It’s no surprise to anyone reading this, but 2020 brought huge shifts to commercial waste service levels. Businesses may have been closed during the shutdown, but their waste contracts were still in effect. During unexpected business disruptions—whether it’s a global pandemic or a natural disaster—dumpster camera technology can remove some of the guesswork from waste volume estimates.

One of our customers saw their waste output drop by nearly half during the height of the pandemic. Yet they were still paying for near-empty pickups. Camera technology enabled us to get a closer look at their actual waste volume and adjust their service schedule. Not only do customers save money, but fewer pickups means less time on the road for trucks. This leads to a smaller carbon footprint.

Support Zero Waste

Companies and municipalities around the globe are committing to Zero Waste goals. Microsoft, for example, set the ambitious goal of diverting 90% of their waste away from landfills and incineration and producing 100% recyclable devices and packaging by 2030. They’ve also committed to building infrastructure to recycle everything from electronics to food waste.

What does that mean for property owners and managers? More waste awareness. Dumpster cameras help cut down on unnecessary pickups and truck travel, but it goes beyond that carbon footprint. With camera tech, you can analyze the types of waste produced and identify new recycling opportunities. You can also prevent recycling contamination in existing waste streams.

Reduce contamination

Compology dumpster cameras are up to 98% accurate at identifying the six most common contamination categories. And their proprietary artificial intelligence system is constantly learning to help improve contamination identification.

In the past, you had to manually check the recycling bin and hope everyone was following the recycling rules. Needless to say, contamination is a major problem at most facilities. Dumpster camera technology removes the guesswork, so your recycling ends up recycled and not diverted to a landfill because of contamination. Not to mention saving the associated fees.  

Verify your waste service

On the subject of manual verification, how do you know whether a garbage pickup happened when no one is on site? For many of our customers, the shutdown meant no one was on site for days or weeks at a time. Trash was piling up for some of these businesses either because scheduled pickups weren’t being made or because there was a huge increase in waste production (for example, take-out restaurants and apartment buildings).

When no one is available to confirm scheduled service, dumpster camera technology can track when (or if) a pickup occurs. This information can hold haulers accountable. The data can also support billing or service disputes. Over time, Compology’s AI system can learn the facility’s service schedule and dumpster volume so it can alert managers to potential overflow situations.

Since implementing dumpster camera technology, we’ve seen promising results with right-sizing our customers’ service levels. To learn more, or to find out how to get ZTERS dumpsters at your facilities, give us a call

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.