About Trash-IT

The problem of waste disposal within a dining establishment affects both staff and customers throughout the day by leaving tables unoccupied but covered in trash and dishes

Trash-IT is an intelligent waste collection system that reduces human workload and increases efficiency within an eating environment.


The system requires a series of both software and hardware components, the functions of which can be grouped into the following main areas:

  • Computer vision:

    Required to render the system aware of the conditions of each table

  • Robotics:

    Everything that concerns the sensing and navigation of the environment for the bin

  • Networking:

    Required to create a structure that allows for communication across the system


The system relies on a Master computer to manage communications between the table sensors, the user tablet and the actuators on the bin. All components are required to be connected to the same local network, with some constraints.