A 5G-Enabled Smart Waste Management System for University Campus

Sensors (Basel). 2021 Dec 10;21(24):8278. doi: 10.3390/s21248278.


Future university campuses will be characterized by a series of novel services enabled by the vision of Internet of Things, such as smart parking and smart libraries. In this paper, we propose a complete solution for a smart waste management system with the purpose of increasing the recycling rate in the campus and provide better management of the entire waste cycle. The system is based on a prototype of a smart waste bin, able to accurately classify pieces of trash typically produced in the campus premises with a hybrid sensor/image classification algorithm, as well as automatically segregate the different waste materials. We discuss the entire design of the system prototype, from the analysis of requirements to the implementation details and we evaluate its performance in different scenarios. Finally, we discuss advanced application functionalities built around the smart waste bin, such as optimized maintenance scheduling.

Keywords: Smart Campus; multi access edge computing; smart waste management; waste classification.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Humans
  • Recycling
  • Universities*
  • Waste Management*