We would have to authorize a waste container to scan their faces and verify their identification before people could throw away their waste in the neighborhood containers. These’ intelligent’ waste can keep track of how much waste is thrown away by each resident and give them monetary and other income to produce less waste.
This news has drawn many outside China’s attention to the point that the country is prepared to violate people’s privacy— even your garbage can keep track of you.
But within the country, China’s long-term efforts to improve its waste management system could cut back an increasing waste tide? And, perhaps more urgently, China can even cut waste after decades of fast economic growth while encouraging consumption in a growing middle class at the same time?
Beijing has reason to pay more attention to its waste: China is recently the biggest consumer market in the world.
In February 2017, China imported more than 580,000 metric t of recyclable material to just around 23,000 tons in February 2018. China’s new “Operation Nationale Sword” policy has sent the world power to panic.
Following the ban in China, exporters of the US and major plastics began to ship their goods to other countries. In the months since, in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere, a massive recycling crisis occurred, with countries struggling to find locations willing to import recycling at the same level as China did once.
In this waste sorting push, many high-tech companies have emerged seeking profits as well as sustainable solutions. Organizations like the Alphéus in Shanghai introduce A.I. in addition to facial recognition in the field of waste management.
Yet experts believe it would take a multi-faceted approach to address waste management and recycling issues in China that goes beyond taking into account recent developments in A.I. And software for facial recognition. These new technologies provide band-help for some people who have worked long in the sector to solve a major problem and could interrupt a well-informed system.
Technology, as it exists today, can not solve the problem of Chinese waste by itself. The general public also needs to understand how trash can be better disposed of.