Back in the summer of 2017, the Government launched the Litter Innovation Fund – a new initiative designed to encourage local communities to come up with smart ideas to tackle the problem of littering. M2M and IoT technology could play a huge role in this new initiative and Zest4 can help.
Cleaning up the streets currently costs UK tax payers around £800 million a year, but much of this cost could be avoided with some clever thinking and some new, innovative ideas.
The Litter Innovation Fund was launched to enable local authorities, community groups, charities, educational institutions and small to medium enterprises to apply for funding towards the development of creative solutions to littering in their local areas. If successful, their ideas could be rolled out much more widely and even adopted nationally.
Here at Zest4, we are hugely supportive of the use of technology to tackle community-based issues, such as littering, and we’re working hard to develop solutions that enable communications resellers to help local organisations to succeed.
To help tackle the problem of littering, Zest4 are developing a new smart bin solution. Using smart sensors, GPS and cellular connectivity, the new solution will enable end users to remotely monitor fill levels in their bins and skips, and then deploy collection resources at optimum time periods. This will not only ensure that bins aren’t left overflowing, but it will also help to increase the efficiency of collection services which in turn will reduce costs.
How the sensors will work
Overview of the process
By including smart bin solutions in their litter improvement strategies, councils and local governments will have robust proposals that could grant them access to the Litter Innovation Fund. The fund currently offers grants of up to £10,000 for eligible organisations and up to £45,000 for projects aimed specifically at reducing litter entering the marine environment.
The first round of funding applications recently ended and applications are currently being assessed. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-February, after which time, development projects can get underway.
A further round of applications is planned for later in 2018, so communications resellers who work with local government and council customers, should introduce smart bin solutions to them now and help them develop plans for their future funding applications.
To find out more about M2M and IoT solutions from Zest4 and how communications resellers can generate revenue from this growing market, visit http://www.zest4.com/m2m/ or call the Zest4 team on 0161 956 3355.