Automatic Waste Collection System
This is the MetroTaifun system, an Automatic Waste Collection System (AWCS) that functions like massive vacuum cleaners. The pneumatic vacuum conveying system collects the waste, which is sorted into separate containers, such as recyclable paper, plastic, and bio-waste, from the waste “inlets,” or waste bins or high-rise chutes via an underground pipe network to a Waste Transfer Terminal.
The MetroTaifun system was designed by Finland-based MariMatic Oy that specializes in automated solid waste collection systems (AWCS) locally and internationally. In 1983, MariMatic established the Taifun pneumatic conveying system business for the food industry followed by an AWCS for municipal solid waste in 2008. The Automatic Waste Collection System is not just a futuristic concept or prototype, but instead over 1,000 systems have been implemented in more than 40 countries by MariMatic. These include large and small systems ranging from residential blocks to entire areas of a city.
There are two versions of these systems – the Local Collection System (LCS) and the Total Collection System (TCS). On a smaller scale, the MetroTaifun Local Collection System for Residential Blocks offers all the pneumatic waste collection benefits, which include: low cost, fewer odors, no overfilled waste bins, emission reduction, and free design of the residential block with safety and pleasant aesthetics as a top priority. While the Waste Collection Cyclones can be located far from the residential homes, the Waste Collection Points are easily accessible. This method is convenient and safe for residents and eliminates garbage truck traffic.
The MetroTaifun Total Collection System (TCS) is “the future’s waste transport with the metro network in the cities.” In other words, the system collects different waste fractions (including plastic) from different parts of the city to Waste Transfer Terminals, located underground in the metro network. It utilizes the metro network (or subway tracks) at night to transport waste to the waste treatment plant – versus the day when commuters use the metro (or subway). This system’s pros include advanced sorting options and recycling as well as reduced emissions (Co2, NOx) – thanks to marginal truck movement in residential areas. So, you can say farewell to diesel in your city’s downtown!
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