How Do Drones and Driverless Trucks Factor into the Future of Waste Technology?

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The waste and recycling industry has made great strides to improve productivity and efficiency while reducing exposure to liability and costs through the use of technology. Industry experts predict that over the next few years, drones and other technologies will continue to reshape the industry.

“Drones equipped with cameras and sensors can provide facilities with feedback on everything from the mundane such as a roof inspection, bird control, or intruder alerts,” says Anne Germain, P.E., BCEE, director of waste and recycling technology for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) based in Washington, D.C. “Equipped with environmental sensors, drones may begin to assist facilities with environmental monitoring activities.”

Ship relies on drone to navigate through ice blocks in Arctic waters

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WASHINGTON — Even in one of the world’s most desolate areas, gridlock is still a problem.

A ship on a mission in the Arctic Circle found itself surrounded by blocks of ice this summer. So the ship’s crew launched an autonomous drone for a bird’s eye view of its situation. Rather than attempting to steer through a maze of ice chunks without knowing what lay ahead, the ship’s captain had live footage from the drone to guide it through the most treacherous passages.