02 Jun

How the Cloud Is Streamlining Recycling Initiatives

There is a lack of smart technology being leveraged in the waste energy industry, according to a paper from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Some of the organization’s findings show a lack of GPS, RFID tagging and mechanical separation of waste, meaning it is missing out on the opportunity to streamline optimal recycling initiatives with the cloud. From real-time data analysis to tracking capabilities, the cloud makes it possible to streamline operations and scale quickly. Here are three ways the cloud can revolutionize the waste and recycling industry: 


1. Data Analysis

The Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) launched a collaborative effort to measure recycling throughout the state. Its end goal was to accurately quantify the amount of recycling in Texas as well as measure its effect on environmental, economic and policy issues. This is a good example of how moving to the cloud could enhance collaboration with analytics tools that show how one county’s recycling compares to another.

For example, the cloud-based Microsoft Azure offers predictive analytics services like Machine Learning Studio. Recycling teams can drag and drop data to build and test analytic solutions. Recycling companies can use the tool to plug in the consumer price point along with data on expanding into new territories and the overhead involved. The end result offers a clearer picture on future costs, speed and scalability, providing organizations with more accurate data to use when creating a comprehensive report on how expansion is affecting economic policy or environmental impact.


2. Tracking

Moving to the cloud helps track whether or not recycling and waste management is being enforced or monitored. A cloud-based system like Waste Tracking implements new recycling policies and programs and receives alerts about non-compliance. The system specifically works with cities and government agencies looking to streamline their waste management procedures and operations.

Waste Tracking develops customized applications that can integrate into an existing website or stand alone. City and government employees can be trained to use the platform and upload existing data into the new system. Once everything is up and running, users can monitor reports, data and analytics on when recycling or waste is being picked up, reports about sorting it from trash and predictive waste flow analytics.


3. Self-Service

Recycling centers that offer customized solutions, such as size specific dumpsters and bags, can leverage the cloud to scale their business. When customers order customized products online, those solutions can be tracked in the cloud to see what areas in the recycling industry use specific types of services.

Meanwhile, services like Waste Management Inc. offer recycle-by-mail programs that give their clients an easy way to send in fluorescent lamps and paper products and recycle through the mail. These organizations can combine a recycle-by-mail program with a cloud-based product that adds an identifying number to the mailer so customers can log in and track their recycling from start to finish.

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