Smart garbage bins to track errant families in Abu Dhabi

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Smart garbage bins to track errant families in Abu Dhabi

Households producing excessive waste can be monitored

    • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
    • Published: 21:00 January 7, 2014
    • Gulf News

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  • Ahmad Al Suwaidi, contract manager for waste collection and cleaning at the Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi is explaining how waste should be segregated while disposing of into waste bins. The centre is installing 30,000 (thirty thousand) smart bins in neighbourhoods, which are monitored by the advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) remote sensor systems.

Abu Dhabi: ‘Smart bins’ can now track how much rubbish people are throwing away — meaning households who are producing excessive waste can be identified.

A campaign to segregate waste by the Centre of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi (CWM) is being expanded into new areas. The centre is installing 30,000 smart bins in neighbourhoods, which are monitored by advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) remote sensor systems. Volunteers helping out in the campaign told surprised householders the bins can track how much waste they are throwing away.

Each waste bin has an electronic chip with its geographic and technical details, which can be read by a device in waste collection trucks (through RFID technology)

The device is linked to a central monitoring station, which ensures timely collection of waste from containers and their periodic washing.

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Alarm

“If a waste collection truck passes a bin without collecting waste from it an alarm will ring,” a senior official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

There are 15,000 green bins for recyclable waste and 15,000 black bins, Ahmad Al Suwaidi, contract manager for waste collection and cleaning at the CWM, said.

Residents were asked to segregate waste during an awareness drive at Khalifa City A.

Weight

“We can identify those who do not follow this instruction in real time. The weight of the green bin [recyclable] will always be lighter than the black bin. If the green bins are found to be heavier than black bins or if both are even equal in weight, we can conclude that families are not properly segregating the waste,” Al Suwaidi said.

The emirate generates 33,000 tonnes of waste per day — more than ten million annually. Per capita waste generation in the emirate is 1.8 to 2 kilos per day.

However, the amount of recycled waste was not readily available.

The centre employees and volunteers Mawalif and Takatof, act as environmental guides in the campaign.

The campaign covers Mohammad Bin Zayed City, Mussafah Commercial Area, Al Shawamekh, Abu Dhabi Gate City, Bain Al Jessrain, the Officers City area and Khalifa City A.

Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of CWM said the campaign aimed to achieve active community participation and enhance awareness about sustainable waste management.

“We believe this will reflect positively on the general appearance of all neighbourhoods. The important issues of waste reduction, reuse and recycling will also be highlighted.”

Hani Hosni, Acting Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at CWM, said the campaign will help improve general hygiene and environmental safety.

SMS-parking system launched in Sharjah

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SMS-parking system launched in Sharjah

Motorists can pay for parking by sending a text message to 5566

    • Staff Report
    • Published: 21:00 January 7, 2014
    • Gulf News
  • Sharjah: Sharjah Municipality has announced the launch of an SMS parking system that gives motorists the option of paying for parking their vehicles by sending a text message to 5566.

The SMS-parking system which was launched on Tuesday, will be available in both English and Arabic and will apply to all Sharjah paid parking areas.

Riyadh Abdullah Aylan, Director-General of Sharjah Municipality, said the service aims to make more payment options available for residents in the emirate.

To make the payment using the new service, motorists need to send their plate number followed by place of issue to 5566. They will then receive a confirmation message showing the validity period of the ticket and another reminder message 10 minutes before the expiry time of the ticket. To extend the validity period of the ticket, motorists can send the letter ‘N’ to the same number.

 The service does not require motorists to register their vehicles as long as they carry a UAE plate number.

Users of both telecom providers etisalat and du will be able to use the new service.