Smart investment: Telford Smith

Telford Smith has launched a new smart bin designed for an 85 per cent more efficient collections process.

From fewer bin changeovers paving the way to staff efficiencies, to reduced trucks on the road lowering Australia’s emissions footprint, the benefits of a smart bin are a no brainer.

That’s according to Telford Smith, which has cemented its reputation in the area of indoor smart bins and is now entering the solar bins market with the launch of its Procopess RAY solar waste compactors.

The company’s waste compactor capabilities have already been proved with the Orwak TOM 1040, which holds up to seven times more waste than a conventional bin, right through to the TOM Junior, developed specifically for environments with special design requirements. Both systems are being deployed widely across the commercial and industrial market, from restaurants and cafes right through to airports, railroad stations and transportation hubs, shopping areas and other outlets. 

David Picone, General Manager at Telford Smith Engineering, says that the ability to hold seven times more waste than conventional bins helps to significantly reduce transport costs to landfill.

“The payback on these bins is great for a shopping centre with a payback of 12 to 15 months in efficiencies on staff savings for collection,” David explains.

In one case study, Melbourne’s shopping centre giant Vicinity Centres was the first in Australia to install a TOM smart compacting bin. Installed at Chadstone Shopping Centre two weeks before Christmas, one of the largest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere, the bin’s installation allowed cleaners to clear more tables and get more patrons through a fresher environment. A built-in sensor allows TOM to ascertain low-traffic periods and compress the waste to keep it compacted. 

Highlight features include a motion sensor to understand when users approach, status indicator for fullness levels, an automatic door for hands-free operation and modem-based communication system to send SMS or emails when the bin is full or requires maintenance. 

Justin Warke, Marketing Manager at Telford Smith, says the company’s smart bins allow for a tidier, more hygienic and therefore more inviting system. He adds that many can be branded with wrap-around advertising. 

In terms of the company’s entry into the solar bins market, the new Procopress compactors for public spaces have been designed for an 85 per cent more efficient collections process with similar reductions to the carbon footprint. According to Telford Smith, it enables more than five times the original waste volume to be collected before emptying the bin becomes necessary. 

The Procopress RAY uses a standard 120-litre bin with the waste hopper able to be locked and unlocked remotely if required for safety reasons. As with the other smart bins, the system sends an email notification when RAY is nearing full.

David says the company’s solar waste compactors offer a rust-proof design and are made of galvanised steel. The solid steel construction makes it resistant to vandalism and unwanted attention.

“We believe we’ve got the best bin on the market for various reasons. We follow a simple design so there are no handles and key holes – they open with an RFID card so that there is nowhere for people to put bubble gum or glass or cigarette butts,” David says. 

He says after-sales support is crucial and is supported by Telford’s web-based portal that allows the company to resolve any collection issues promptly.