The Future of Rubbish Collection? Underground Computerised Garbage Conveying Systems

30 November 2016
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Every day, waste management operations across the world attempt to become greener and cleaner. The efforts taken are attributable to new legislation. Some companies are moving away from the conventional systems of collecting and/or transporting waste by road. They're taking their entire operation underground.

Although pneumatic garbage collection systems have been in existence for decades, they're currently experiencing a rise in popularity. Cities are becoming more aware of problems related to the traditional methods of rubbish collection. The trend of incorporating automated waste collection systems to new housing developments is rising.

How it works

Users of the system deposit their refuse into the waste inlets. The inlets are located around a chosen operating area. Waste collection points are accessible round the clock. They're placed indoors or outdoors. Waste inlets temporarily store refuse until the next emptying cycle.

Pipelines transport the waste into containers. When full, the containers are transported for further processing through various means such as a city's existing underground railway network.

Operators at a waste station monitor and control the system remotely. Additionally, some staff can be added to handle system maintenance when required. When collecting and transporting waste from a collection point to the station, there's no need of personnel.


Pneumatic waste collection systems offer substantial long-term cost savings. Waste trucks are unnecessary to collect waste containers from residential areas. This translates to huge savings in both vehicle purchase/maintenance costs and fuel costs. While the initial investment costs of the pneumatic system might be higher compared to the traditional systems, the operating costs of the latter methods are considerably higher.

On top of cost savings, the underground-automated garbage conveying systems boast environmental benefits. Because there aren't any waste collection trucks operating in residential areas, it translates to less traffic and fuel emissions.

Waste inlets are never full. The fact that users enjoy no unpleasant odours or unsightly piles of waste is beneficial to both the image and cleanliness of the area.

Another benefit is the fact that the pipeline based rubbish collection system is highly flexible. It doesn't get congested even during peak times.

Application Areas

The computerised waste conveying systems are handy in the following areas:

  • Large, metropolitan areas
  • Residential areas
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Airports
  • Town shopping centres

Residential rubbish removal is important. And residential solutions are utilised in the highly populated areas with many high-rise buildings. The buildings are linked to the main pipeline. Underground trains collect replaceable containers from the waste station.

Pneumatic conveying systems are tremendously gaining ground in the garbage collection industry. In various countries, numerous new projects are already in development or in the planning stages. The future of waste collection is indeed in the underground-computerised rubbish conveying systems.