The Internet of Things is when all kinds of objects are connected to the Internet: your car, fridge, washing machine, light bulbs, etc. And now, rubbish bins.
Hume Council, north of Melbourne, may soon fit solar-powered bins that can crush rubbish and use wifi to notify workers when they’re about 85% full.
The BigBelly Solar bins are already used across parts of Europe and in some areas of New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania.
But they aren’t cheap, with a bin costing $5,000 or $149 a month over five years.
However, having bins which compact rubbish and notify councils when they need to be attended to means they need to be emptied less often.