As the waste industry learns to adapt to best practice technologies, SmartTech Australia is taking steps to grow their national footprint.
With Australia’s weight-based billing transition underway, Trimble explains the streamlining capabilities of LOADRITE weighing systems.
The concept behind weight-based billing is simple – reduce waste generation by offering cost incentives for reduction and recycling. The heavier the waste, the more the generator pays.
Traditionally, waste collection and disposal services billed generators based on the size and number of bins.
Weight-based billing calculates costs based on the actual weight of the material being collected.
The Organix19: Organics Waste Management in a Circular Economy report, authored by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, theorises a range of policy strategies to advance and integrate organics waste management within the Greater Sydney region.
Within the report is an argument for legally mandating weight-based billing, which Dale Cameron, Trimble Onboard Weighing’s Australian Manager, says could gain traction.
Dale says industry uptake has accelerated in recent years, due to data transparency, improved reporting and the elimination of pay disputes.
Trimble LOADRITE onboard weighing systems work under the weight-based billing framework to provide real-time cost data based on individual bin weights.
Dale says that when using a LOADRITE system, operators are able to provide accurate weights to their customers while maintaining openness.
“The cab display shows weight data calculated from the load and position sensors, and during lifting, operators can see the bin payload,” he says.
“The system also has an automatic mode that adds each bin to the total weight.
“This keeps a running tally of total truck payloads and alerts operators when bins are overloaded.”
Dale says the LOADRITE system provides accurate, reliable and traceable data on all loading activities.
“This helps waste collectors operate more efficiently, plus helps incentivise recycling and waste reduction, as organisations will notice immediate discounts in billing when they divert more waste from the landfill stream,” Dale says.
“This makes waste generators more aware of the cost of landfilling and leads to behavioural adjustments.”
As with most technology, Dale says LOADRITE weighing systems have evolved in recent years, becoming easier to use and less costly than their first iterations. He adds that much of this progression is shaped by the proliferation of connected solutions and mobile applications.
“Organisations are increasingly looking to replace payload measurement systems for next-generation onboard scales that maximise payload optimisation,” Dale says.
“Trimble weighing systems take that idea to the next level by delivering machine-to-machine connectivity that streamlines data collection and facilitates efficient data exchange.”
With increasing costs and a need to determine greater accuracy in its billing, Power Waste Management looked to weight-based billing to reduce overloaded bins.
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