Commercial waste bins: say what you like about the Australian and global waste management and recycling industry – it has not exactly been seen as the most high tech industry under the sun. Whilst the image of Tony Soprano may have been common years ago, that is becoming ever further from the truth as we enter 2017. In this blog we cover how some industries will be impacted by technological change and ask could the same happen to the commercial waste bins industry.


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Industry changes that will impact the commercial waste bins sector


Bill Gates said: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”


We take a look at some traditional industries that have been completely changed in a couple of years and ask could the same happen to waste services, with the same improvements in service quality and value to customers. We quote from an article at


Travel“in the past the only easy way to book a vacation or trip was through a travel agent, unless you chose to do it on your own which required a decent amount of time on the phone. This has all changed now with so many different websites out there that can help you easily book a trip within a matter of minutes, and that includes booking EVERYTHING too – flight, hotel, car rentals and much more can all be done with a few clicks and a credit card.”


Video rental“streaming video has become extremely popular and many people are choosing to pay so they can stream new movies right from computers, tablets, and even smart phones.” Video stores are pretty much disappeared from our streets.


Music industry – complete change in business model from selling vinyl to casettes to CDs to downloads. Now many artists make their money pretty much from touring. Question marks over whether platforms like Spotify are sustainable for artists in the long term


Newspapers – when did you even last buy a physical paper newspaper. Mr Waster has not bought one in years. You even now see once powerful newspapers such as Britain’s Guardian asking for charity donations.


The question is not whether the commercial waste bin sector will be disrupted, but how and whether it will deliver increased value to the environment and customers, both large and small.


See our recent blog on how tech progress in environmental services helps small businesses. Also see our recycling facts Australia article.