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RFID Helps Vacuum Up Waste at Pneumatic Disposal Sites

Finnish technology company MariMatic Oy is providing companies and municipalities with an underground waste and recycling system that uses RFID to allow access to authorized users only, and to store data about who used each receptacle.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 09, 2017

Individuals discarding waste or recycling in parts of Finland and beyond are using passive RFID technology to provide them with access to bins without requiring that they touch the bins during the process. The system accepts solid waste only from authorized users, and disposes of it via an underground network of tubes. The technology is provided by Finnish sanitation technology company MariMatic Oy, and can also manage dirty laundry for hospitals, hotels or other companies.

MariMatic's MetroTaifun solution is what the company calls an Automatic Solid Waste Collection System (AWCS), based on pneumatic conveying technology and radio frequency identification. Municipalities, as well as private companies, can use the MariMatic technology to dispose of both waste and recycling, says Jari Enontekiö, MariMatic's sales and projects VP.

MetroTaifun's automatic waste-collection system is being used in Vantaa, Finland.
The system consists of pneumatic tubes that whisk waste or recyclables away from the disposal site to an area where they can be processed. This saves street-side space and the need for weekly vehicle-based pickups. The system also, however, manages which individuals have access to the waste bins. By installing an RFID reader on each bin, and by providing RFID fobs to authorized users, the company or municipality can allow access only to those users, and also track how much is being collected and who contributed to the waste that was collected automatically.

MartiMatic has offered its AWCS system for the past seven years, with a total of about 30 projects for solid waste including RFID technology. The company also has 1,000 installations with industrial customers. It is now expanding that system's use further throughout Finland, as well as in Denmark, Sweden and China.

The system is already employed in the city of Tampere, in the Vuores area, as well as in the developing areas of Vantaa and Espoo, Finland; Vällingby Parkstad, Sweden; and Odense, Denmark.

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