India’s textile hub, Surat has found an innovative and feasible way of storing garbage that is actually a ‘smart’ city project. Dumping garbage requires large landfills and with large disposal areas come heavy maintenance. They not only utilise vast amount of land area but the adjoining areas need proper care and measures that would filter the air that has with foul smell and infections.

The city has installed 43 underground garbage bins, each of which can hold up around 1.5 tonnes of waste. A unique feature of these garbage dumps is that they are equipped with sensors that send an immediate warning to the control room as long as the underground garbage is 70 per cent full .

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