5 Top Internet of Waste Startups enabling the Circular Economy

Curious about new technological advancements enabling the circular economy? Explore our analysis of 163 global Internet of Waste startups & scaleups and learn how their solutions impact your business!

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the circular economy. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked Internet of Waste startups.

Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Internet of Waste Startups out of 163

The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.

The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 163 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights the 5 Internet of Waste startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 158 internet of waste solutions, get in touch.

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Binology provides Waste Separation Bins

Waste segregation is important as it prevents sending recyclables to landfills. This reduces the waste in landfills as well as pushes recyclables back into the loop, giving them a second life and enabling a circular economy. As a result, startups are developing the Internet of Waste-based waste separation bins that separates landfill waste and recyclables.

Russian startup Binology offers an Internet of Waste-based waste separation bin. SmartCity Separation Station 3 is a solar-powered rubbish separation station that consists of 2-10 allied trash containers. The solution enables the separation of recyclables like paper, cardboard, recyclable plastic, metal, and glass. The container for landfill waste comes with a compaction feature, while the containers for recyclables are non-compacting. Moreover, each container is equipped with its own fullness level Internet of Waste sensor system.

Waste Hero develops Waste Bin Sensors

Smart sensors help waste management companies make data-driven decisions by offering transparency of the waste operations. Further, data insights help in improving their overall delivery of services. For example, it enables stakeholders to detect when the bins are being emptied and check the cost-efficiency of each service. Startups are developing Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that, when installed in waste bins, enable efficient waste monitoring.

Waste Hero is a Danish startup that develops smart IoT-based waste bin sensors. The startup’s sensors detect levels of various types of waste, including e-waste, plastic, metal, glass, paper, organic, and liquid. The sensors allow evaluation of the waste volume and waste placement within the containers. Besides fill-level measurement, it offers an accelerometer to monitor bin movement and a GPS tracker to ensure correct bin location.

ART Robotics offers Scanners for Tracking Reusable Cups

People consume billions of coffee cups worldwide every year, but very few are recycled. Companies are making reusable cup systems, but they are limited by the lack of technologies to track and identify the cups. Startups now offer IoT-based scanners that meet this demand. These smart scanners use radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to track the cups.

Belgian startup ART Robotics enables a circular economy by providing internet of waste, smart scanners that identify and track reusable coffee cups. The technology identifies cups using ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID technology. After scanning a cup, the logo lights up and the data is uploaded to the cloud. Since every cup is linked to a user account, it enables companies to easily track the location of cups.

CozZo’s Mobile App reduces Food Waste

Food wasted in households contributes to the overall preventable food waste. This is mainly because a lot of perishable food items like bread, butter, dairy, and canned products end up in the trash bins after their expiry dates. To resolve this issue, startups are developing mobile applications that utilize IoT to track items and their expiry dates. This enables the users to consume the products before they get spoiled and prevent them from buying the items they already have at their homes.

CozZo is a Bulgarian startup that offers a mobile application that helps users avoid food waste. The app provides a digital picture of the fridge, pantry, and freezer, and shows when each item will expire. It tracks “best by” and “use by” dates for all foods and allows users to decide when to bin food. It gives an up-to-date report of consumed and wasted food, as well as a monthly product use breakdown. Moreover, it automatically removes expired items and reminds users to replenish their stocks.

ReKart enables Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) Management

EPR obligations hold producers responsible for the entire lifecycle of their products, especially end-of-use treatment, including recycling and final disposal. But companies often fail to optimize the process due to a lack of technical know-how regarding waste management. Hence, waste management startups are utilizing IoT-based technologies to assist food companies to meet their EPR goals, thus, promoting circularity.

Indian startup ReKart helps waste management companies and small businesses meet their EPR obligations. The startup’s IoT-based waste management platform provides smart collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling operations. For example, it makes logistics arrangements for e-waste, ensuring traceability of the waste collected and channelized. It is also responsible for the disposal of processed waste and end-of-life e-waste as well as ensuring environmentally sound dismantling and recycling.

Discover more Circular Economy Startups

Circular economy startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on reducing food waste through redistribution, tracking, donations as well as adherence to EPR obligations. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the circular economy, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more circular economy technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.

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