The ZeroNet offering, with an Irish patent now granted (and several international patents filed), offers a transformational approach to helping companies deliver never before possible ‘reverse’ logistical services to support the circular economy.
These services, based on the ZeroNet technology platform, will permit a 3PL van driver to identify and locate – in real time – a wide variety of collection categories including waste, charity, reuse, remanufacturing, repair, and many others.
It is now planning to launch its technology platform in the UK this year and its launch service will see it recover up to 500,000 tonnes PA of small WEEE material throughout the UK thus revolutionising the WEEE reprocessing sector.
ZeroBin is about to launch a whole new way of recovering small WEEE - Electrical and Electronic Waste. This will allow householders to register a request for collection which will then be aggregated in ZeroBin’s Cloud based platform - the ZeroNet - for optimised collection at the doorstep using the back haul or empty van capacity of national postal services such as Royal Mail Group.
ZeroBin’s first service will be launched towards the middle of this year in London and will have the support of many councils which view the service as potentially transformational.
It is clear that one of the critical ‘missing links’ permitting the rapid scaling of circular models is an efficient and low cost method of intelligent doorstep collection.
From the many stakeholders ZeroBin has spoken to in the last two years, many circular initiatives seem to stumble at
the ‘last hurdle’ and it becomes either commercially or logistically impossible to recover materials in a way that works.
The company believes that around 10 different kinds of ‘reverse’ transactions can be facilitated. It has already identified discrete opportunities for several of these categories including waste, mail, charity, repair, returns (retail), refurbishment, remanufacture, recover, repurpose, dispose and recall.
It is evident from the pioneering work done in the circular economy space that a whole new kind of logistics needs to be created. ZeroBin believes that its network will be the first of its kind to revolutionise the rapid take-up of circular models.