“The recycling industries’ contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is far greater than previously realised, with papers and cardboard recycling, in particular, creating more emissions than imported waste,” said Recycling ANPR Communications Manager Jessica Coates.
“ANPR has been collecting data on recycling collection for over a decade now, which allows Australian councils to monitor its environmental performance and develop recycling strategies that are both effective and sustainable.”
ANPR operates the largest network of recycling ANPR receptacles in NSW, with more than nine million recycling bins installed across 630 local government areas. Recent improvements made by ANPR include the installation of solar-powered recycling units designed to last 25 years without maintenance or replacements parts. These new units help ANPR achieve high levels of service reliability.
“With the implementation of RecyclingNearYou.com.au recycling collection information can be accessed by the local community to find out what’s happening in their area,” says Michael Pascali, CEO of ANPR Group. “This helps increase recycling participation rates as well as educate communities about recycling best practice through real-time data shared by their council.”
Currently on RecyclingNearYou.com.au, one can see real-time recycling bin details such as how many bins have been collected.
Aeroranger.com utilises AI technology to decipher public recycling dropoffs. This information includes:
- GPS location
- Time and Date Stamp
- Number Plate
- Vehicle Make and Model
- Vehicle VIN number
- Vehicle location of registration
- Vehicle status (stolen etc)
- Vehicle speed
- Vehicle Age and more
This information really helps operators of the recycling centres obtain a snapshot of the visitation on an hourly, daily and weekly basis as well as comparing trends over time.
“The aim is to increase the efficiency of the site,” John Colebrook of Aweoranger said, “This, in turn, can speed up the process by over 40% and allow residents to drop off more household recycling in a way that’s quicker and more cost-effective to the ratepayers.”
“It’s a win-win situation”.
A recycling centre is otherwise known as a recycling gatherer or transfer station. This recycling material can then be sold on to recycling plants which will turn it back into the commodities such as paper and glass.
The remaining trash is then used for energy production.
ANPR helps the recycling centres monitor how well they are doing in an effort to screen more efficient processes from other recycling centres that may be better at reaching residents compared to other recycling stations in the same area. Each of them has a similar type of vehicle information that ANPR can give us from each registered licence plate, but with slight differences here and there making them unique and at times difficult to compare accurately.
The data that is collected at each recycling centre also has the added benefit of understanding more information about users that are abusing the system, but by collaborating data with other centres in real-time, officers can keep an eye on people that are visiting multiple sites in order to circumvent caps.
ANPR technology by Aeroranger.com also is in use to capture abuse by illegal dumping of rubbish. Sometimes called fly-tipping, this action is often in rural areas and bush tracks. Covert ANPR can be battery and solar-powered to catch offenders with both an image and the AI metadata.