Inspiration

The inefficient and improper current waste management systems and facilities that lead to damaged natural ecosystems, kill or maim wildlife, and cause harmful pollution to enter the atmosphere. All together, the amount of waste generated affects the environment in multiple ways: its contribution to the worsening climate crisis, its negative impact on wildlife and the natural environment, and its detriment to our very own public health.

What it does

Currently our app is able to get a picture of trash and classify its category. This feature would be used on trash auto-sorting for the smart bin. The app also has a feature where the user can see their trash footprint, which allows a better understanding of one's own waste distribution.

How we built it

We implemented the deep learning CNN model using the FastAI library in python, through which we utilized its inbuilt CNN learner functions in order to fine tune our model to achieve a reasonable amount of accuracy.

Challenges we ran into

Our primary challenge was finding the right dataset to build the CNN model on. We wanted enough categories of segregation and needed enough images for the model to train itself on in order to accurately predict the categories of unseen waste.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of creating a platform that provides a solution to our current environmental crisis. Improper waste and landfill management causes dire and critical environmental impact that is not great for our future. Smartbin jumpstarts our journey to a better future allowing us to take charge of managing our own waste and learning how each trash item properly disposed of can save lives and save our home.

What we learned

Not only did we learn more about the lack of proper waste management systems currently in place, but also the impact that properly segregated trash to improve the efficiency of waste management. Furthermore, through our backend algorithm, we learnt more about Deep Learning and how important its usage can be in Image Classification tasks.

What's next for smartbin

The physical engineering of the smartbins and creating a trashcan that replaces every household's way of waste disposal. This addition should not only solve issues of waste management but also provide a way for users to learn about waste management types, and its crucial impact.

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