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Self-service garbage collection system demonstrated in Taipei
Taiwan Trade Center München

The Taipei City government has recently begun to experiment with a self-service garbage collection system, i-Trash. The system was installed in Taipei's Zhongzheng District.



The cost of dumping waste through the system provided by the iTrash Smart City is calculated by the weight of garbage. Five-hundred grams of general garbage costs US$0.13, but designated garbage bags issued by the city government are not required.



Yet recycling will be rewarded with humble reimbursement. People who recycle 10 plastic bottles or eight aluminum cans will get US$0.03 back. All transactions and reimbursement can be done with the EasyCard, the city's contactless smartcard system, or other similar smart cards.



Chen Hui-min, an official from Taipei City’s Department of Information Technology, said the service provider is testing the i-Trash system in a community on Linyi Street, in Zhongzheng District.



The demo process will continue with two new locations to be added later this year, and an expansion of the trial may start next year, said Chen.



According to the service provider, the system is operating 24 hours a day, with devices that can compress garbage and contain odors.



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Source: Taiwan News

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