A recently installed app called iBins is proving to be a success across Malta and Gozo. The smart recycling bins – which read the content of waste deposited inside them – are popular with the public and have led to a dramatic increase in the collection of recyclable paper, glass, metal and plastics when compared with the same quarter last year. And according to Government the technology has had a positive knock on to the country’s air pollution as well, leading to a 23 per cent reduction of trips by collection trucks.
Welcoming the news GreenPak CEO, Ing. Mario Schembri said: “These results contribute to better traffic flows on the roads as unnecessary trips are avoided, bringing about another positive change in our communities.”
GreenPak – with the help of Vodafone – also announced the next phase of the app that can point users to the nearest available iBins when the ones closest to you are full. This app – which can be found at ibins.greenpak.com.mt - works on any mobile device such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Since early January it app has been tried and tested by a closed group of 300 people throughout the islands.
Ing Schembri explained: “On selecting the colour-coded image of the iBiN, the app informs you whether an iBiN has free space for your recyclables. If the bin is full, the app guides you to the nearest available iBiN via a Google Map interface. User feedback from the trial period has been positive and we believe that people will be finding it extremely user-friendly and very useful.”
The project has been supported through the Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes Initiative, and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under Operational Programme I 2014-2020 ‘Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges’.