Students develop smart trash bin

Students develop smart trash bin

BAGUIO CITY — Three computer engineering students in Baguio City are seeking help to finally finish developing their local innovation: a smart trash bin that encourages people to properly dispose of their garbage.

The three students — Kyle Russell Lucero, Aryk John Mosquete, and Samuel Sta Cruz, soon to be computer engineers from the University of the Cordilleras (UC) — unveiled their “Smart Garbage Bin” in June and installed it at the Rose Garden of Burnham Park.

Equipped with built-in sensors, the trash bin’s lid automatically opens every time a person comes near it. It will not close until one’s trash is put into the bin.

The trash bin also transmits signals to the smart command center at the Baguio Convention and Cultural Center when it is full and needs to be hauled, facilitating the timely collection of garbage.

The student innovators are asking the city government of Baguio, the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), and other agencies to help them produce more of these to help keep the city clean and environment friendly. — Artemio A. Dumlao