A Waste Management Robot System: Its Implementation and Experimental Results

A Waste Management Robot System: Its Implementation and Experimental Results

Keita Matsuo (Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka Technical High School, Fukuoka, Japan), Yi Liu (Graduate School of Engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Fukuoka, Japan), Donald Elmazi (Polytechnic University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania) and Leonard Barolli (Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/IJDST.2015040101

Abstract

Recently, there are many problems caused by global environment warming. The limited natural resources require efficient methods and systems for recycling and processing of the wastes for a better environment. One of the problems today is the processing of the kitchen garbage, because when they become in large amounts in small areas, the natural capacity of the environment cannot assimilate them. Therefore, construction of the recycling systems is needed to save the resources and minimize the wastes. For this reason, in this paper, the authors have proposed and implemented a waste management robot system, which can change the kitchen garbage to compost. Then, the compost can be mixed with the ground and used for growing of vegetables and other plants. The proposed system uses the information network, sensor technology and robot technology. The authors present in this paper, the implementation of the proposed system and evaluate its performance by experimental results.
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In this section, we discuss the related work for waste management, sensor technology and robot technology.

Compost Box

In the old compost box, fixed on the ground as shown in Figure 1, the accumulated kitchen garbage needed time to decompose. Also, it had bad smell and mixing was difficult. Furthermore, it can’t be used in apartment buildings. Recently, the corrugated paper compost box which can be installed in the veranda of apartments are developed as shown in Figure 2. These kind of paper compost boxes are now popular, because they are easy to use for recycling. The size of corrugated paper compost is: the width 33cm, depth 35 cm, and height 32 cm. So, it can be used easily in the apartment veranda. Furthermore, because the material is a corrugated paper, it has moderate breath-ability.

Figure 1.

Ground stationary type compost box

Figure 2.

Corrugated paper compost box

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