A week before one of MIT's largest hackathons, Emily visited the city of Calgary, which has taken the sustainable moves of introducing curbside composting, picking up curbside recycling and composting weekly, picking up curbside landfill only once every two weeks. A municipal app notifies households of different disposal schedules. Many Calgarians, though they support sustainable waste disposal, have complaints against the new system. Most rooms of households have only one waste disposal container ('the trash can'), so someone in the household has to sort through each room's trash can by hand. The household's children especially often make mistakes in sorting their waste into recycling, compost, and landfill. This has resulted in contamination of waste streams, frustration among users, and subversion of a well-meaning policy.
What it does
BinBot is the new smart sustainable waste system. One unit includes sections for compost, recycling, and landfill waste. BinBot uses machine learning and a webcam to learn what household items should go into each section as it is used normally. When a user is unsure about where their waste should go, it uses its trained model and an LED to indicate the correct section.
How we built it
Python, Azure cognitive services, open CV, Laser cutting using Inkscape, Jetson platform
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Sandbox Summer 2018 cohort, featured in MIT's 2018 Innovation World's Fair
What we're learning
Business planning, image recognition in the real world
What's next for BinBot
We are proud to join the MIT Sandbox Summer 2018 cohort. Bookmark this page and check out our website to stay updated!