June 30, 2016

Take Control of Your Rubbish With This Trashy Project

Sick of your rubbish bin overflowing? Sick of never remembering to take out your bins? Check out this Arduino powered smart rubbish bin! The project allows you to turn your bin into an internet of things (IoT) device so that you can keep track of how full your bin is, and even schedule reminders to take your bin out. The bin uses an IR distance sensor to measure the height from the top of the bin to the current rubbish level. This information is then sent to an Arduino which makes a comparison between the current distance and the height of the bin to work out the rubbish level and update a web app.

Smart Bin

You can even configure your smart bin to tweet or email you when the bin reaches capacity! Love the idea of a smart trash can and can’t wait to get started? check out the Instructable from jsigmier to get started.


If you are looking to get started making your own smart trash can, why not check out our Arduino ProtoShield. The ProtoShield is an excellent tool to turn your temporary, breadboarded project into something more permanent. Proto Shields fit directly onto an Arduino board and have a large general purpose area in the middle where you can solder on your own parts to create a durable, long lasting project! The ProtoShield is a high quality, corrosion resistant, gold plated PCB and represents great value at only $3!


To find out more about our fantastic ProtoShields check out the product page. Planning on taking control of the rubbish in your life? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.   

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