GULP: Solar-Powered Smart Garbage Segregation Bins with SMS Notification and Machine Learning Image Processing
Purpose – This study intends to build a smart bin that segregates solid waste into its respective bins. To make the waste management process more interesting for the end-users; to notify the utility staff when the smart bin needs to be unloaded; to encourage an environment-friendly smart bin by utilizing renewable solar energy source.
Method – The researchers employed an Agile Development approach because it enables teams to manage their workloads successfully and create the highest-quality product while staying within their allocated budget. The six fundamental phases are planning, design, development, test, release, and feedback.
Results – The Overall quality testing result that was provided through the ISO/IEC 25010 evaluation which concludes a positive outcome. The overall average was 4.55, which is verbally interpreted as excellent.
Conclusion – The researchers were able to develop an innovative smart bin that automates the solid waste disposal in the target institution and also monitors the garbage bins to prevent overflow through its SMS notification feature. Additionally, the application can also independently run with its solar energy source. Users were able to enjoy the whole process of waste disposal through its interesting mechanisms.
Recommendations – Based on the findings, a compressor is recommended to compress the trash when the trash level reaches its maximum point to create more rooms for more garbage. An algorithm to determine multiple garbage at a time is also recommended. Adding a solar tracker coupled with solar panel will help produce more renewable energy for the smart bin.
Research Implications – The institution continues to operate on the basis of traditional waste management along with the increasing student population, and an increasing effort in monitoring proper waste disposal. The traditional method of manually separating waste in a garbage bin is time-consuming and costly. Having an efficient and sustainable waste management application will aid the regulation of waste disposal and ease some environmental pressures.
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