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Smart Bins vs. Conventional Recycling Bins

Choosing an on-site recycling sorting solution for your facility is no easy task, so we’ve compiled the most relevant features* to help you pick one that best suits your waste management challenges.

We compared TrashBot against conventional recycling bins and some available options, such as Bin-E, Oscar Sort, and Evo Eco.

TrashBot vs Conventional Recycling Bins

High contamination, low user education, and other factors result in less than 35% of waste being recycled. Plain stainless steel bins can cost up to thousands of dollars, but with zero impact on waste diversion. TrashBot is an AI-powered system that automates waste diversion, while educating, sorting, alerting, and reporting. Our smart recycling bin allows high-traffic facilities to reduce contamination, avoid recycling fines, and achieve a positive impact on the environment.

TrashBot vs Oscar Sort

While Oscar Sort stands out because of its gamification of the recycling process, sorting still depends on the user. Even with clear instructions, an item can end up in the wrong bin by a rushed or careless user. TrashBot’s AI only gets smarter over time and automatically assigns each item to the corresponding bin inside, meaning that any contaminated items are assigned to a landfill to maintain a clean recycling stream.

TrashBot vs EvoBin

Like TrashBot, the EvoBin consists of an interactive system that shows users how to sort their waste. But the EvoBin targets the issue with recycling education and doesn’t use AI waste sorting. Instead, it features internal sensors that trigger responsive messages, further educating the user. However, once contaminated items enter the bin, they cannot be re-sorted by EvoBin.

TrashBot vs Bin-e

Bin-e is an AI-based smart waste bin that sorts and compresses waste. The standard Bin-e does not include a monitor, however, one can be added by purchasing the advanced version. Bin-e also features signage on its surface and offers color and graphics customization; in contrast, TrashBot features a simple LED light logo and stainless steel surface to fit with today’s modern, clean interiors. TrashBot is patented and manufactured in the United States (patent pending internationally).

*Competitor features were taken from the public information listed on each company’s website. Last updated on December 2022.

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TrashBot’s Environmental Impact

A 2022 TrashBot pilot at one of the busiest airports in the world, showed that 40 TrashBots can divert 417 tons of recyclables a year. This results in the abatement of 1,111.30 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, which is equal to taking hundreds of cars off the road.