FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE ZERO UNIT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

The ZERO UNIT is a smart trash can, within a patented plug-and-play system. It uses AI and robotic technology (with 95% accuracy) to automatically sort, grind down and package (in biodegradable wrapping) all trash and recyclables into vacuum-sealed, deliverable cubes. Data is collected about the contents inserted, and the user is immediately rewarded on the ZERO App (or Rewards Card) with promotions, rebates, Carbon Points and great pride for helping the planet. Pick-ups are automatically scheduled when the UNIT is full.

DO I NEED TO KNOW WHAT ITEMS CAN NOT GO INTO THE ZERO UNIT? HOW DOES IT MANAGE ITEMS IT CAN’T PROCESS?

With ZERO, there’s no more guessing which bin to use. The debut model of the ZERO UNIT will grind down and distribute all identifiable trash and recyclables into 7 separate buckets:

  • Metal

  • Aluminum

  • Clear Glass

  • Tinted Glass

  • Plastic

  • Compost

  • Landfill


If the waste does not fall within those 7 buckets, it will be diverted to a separate bucket, with notifications automatically sent to ZERO and the ZERO subscriber for proper disposal or return. Return? Yep, we’ll retrieve those keys, watch or ring you accidentally dropped in there too.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE ZERO UNIT OVER CONVENTIONAL TRASH CANS AND RECYCLING BINS? WHY DO WE NEED ONE?

The number one problem with disposal of trash and recyclables is knowing exactly which is which. Human error accounts for the majority of issues, and educational initiatives haven’t proven all that helpful. The second biggest problem is that of volume. Over 90% of the space in your “full” trash can or recycling bin is air. Yes, air! Trash compactors on the garbage trucks help, but not enough. Trash compactors in the trash can also help, but not enough. Through auto-sorting and grinding within the UNIT, ZERO:

  • Captures 30-40% more recyclables that otherwise go to landfill

  • Increases the volume it can hold, by an industry-leading 15-1 ratio (no more air)

  • Reduces the overall cost of waste disposal by 45-55%, for businesses and local governments 

  • Increases profitability for waste management facilities

  • Reduces trash and recyclables sent to landfill 

  • Measurably reduces carbon footprint, and will share that through the App


ZERO also thanks each user with a little added value for making our world a better place. Can your trash can do that?

CAN THE ZERO UNIT IDENTIFY HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, WEAPONS OR EXPLOSIVE DEVICES?

Absolutely. When hazardous material, weapons or explosive devices are deposited into the ZERO UNIT, notifications will be immediately sent to ZERO, the ZERO subscriber and proper authorities for safe disposal. Imagine that, an intelligent trash can with safety features.

WILL THE ZERO UNIT FIT IN MY SPACE? WILL I NEED TO CHANGE ANYTHING?

The ZERO UNIT is designed to be plug-and-play with your current space and waste disposal process, only easier and about half the price. The standard ZERO UNIT is about the size of a 3-receptacle recycle/trash unit, or 2 large wheelie bins. The footprint should be similar to what is currently in your space. It will require dedicated power to operate, but has (optional) solar power capability. Outdoors or indoors, ZERO UNITS are designed to handle regular use and the elements.

CAN I CUSTOMIZE THE ZERO UNIT TO FIT MY NEEDS?

Yes, the ZERO UNIT will be customizable (as an upgrade) in a number of ways:

  • Data collected and generated

  • Co-branding the shell of the ZERO UNIT

  • Promotional advertising on the App  and with the Rewards Card integration

  • Co-branding the Rewards Card

  • Promotional advertising on the ZERO UNIT screen

  • Optional solar power

  • Add-on/replacement features/configurations for additional/different buckets (cardboard, paper, coffee cups, batteries, etc)


Perhaps your location has a priority need for cardboard processing, and no need for metal. ZERO can make the adjustment for you.

LET’S TALK MAINTENANCE. ARE ZERO UNITS DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN?

ZERO UNITS have a lot of moving parts, working together seamlessly to save everyone money. But sometimes, they may need servicing. So how does ZERO keep your waste disposal ecosystem running smoothly? Your subscription includes regular maintenance.

  • Each ZERO UNIT has remote software integration with ZERO. We remotely run regular internal diagnostic checks, using cameras and sensors within the UNIT. Many issues can be fixed without any interruption

  • A dedicated service team will be provided for your location

  • ZERO’s manufacturing partner has locations all over the world, and ZERO produces hundreds of UNITS at a time. You’ll see no time lost waiting for parts

  • ZERO will house extra UNITS and parts at or near your location, to swap them out immediately, if needed

IS ZERO A WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, WITH ITS OWN GARBAGE TRUCKS? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE TRASH AND RECYCLABLES ONCE THEY LEAVE THE UNIT?

No, ZERO is not a traditional waste management company. ZERO is a patented, plug-and-play system that includes the smart, data-gathering trash cans, software and accessories. Trash and recyclables will still need to be picked up and disposed of by your local waste management company. They just won’t need so many stinky garbage trucks, or to come as often to collect.

IS THE ZERO UNIT ALSO PROFITABLE FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANIES? WON’T AUTOMATION AND WASTE-REDUCTION CAUSE JOB-LOSS?

ZERO doesn’t reduce waste, per se, but rather manages it more efficiently. Even with a reduction of trash and recycling collection service, ZERO enables waste management companies to be more profitable too. How?

  • No more manual sorting through all that trash and recyclables. Manual sorting leaves room for error. Pre-sorting in the ZERO UNIT means more recyclables are captured, increasing resale opportunities

  • Dumping it all together creates additional contamination, rendering much of the valuable recyclable material only good for landfill. Pre-sorting in the ZERO UNIT reduces contamination and increases recyclables captured, again increasing resale opportunities

  • Grinding the trash and recyclables into tiny pieces and delivering (biodegradable) wrapped, vacuum-sealed, pallet-ready, pre-sorted and barcoded cubes to process, vs. truckloads of garbage, waste management companies can gradually change from their stinky garbage trucks to fuel-efficient vehicles. Converting to more fuel-efficient vehicles means savings in fuel-cost and unnecessary pollution

  • Reducing the frequency of pick-ups means fleet reduction. Fleet reduction means substantially less overhead

  • Waste management facilities still need workers. Once waste arrives at a waste management facility, material still needs to be processed for shipping to its final destination. Processing just won’t be so messy

  • Creating this new ecosystem will also create a host of new jobs to build, service and deploy ZERO UNITS everywhere. ZERO will offer paid training to any displaced waste management worker that wants to work with us

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE RECYCLABLES IF MY LOCALE DOESN’T HAVE A RECYCLING FACILITY?

Each block of material that comes out of the ZERO UNIT is pre-sorted, vacuum-sealed and barcoded for easy delivery. There’s literally no need for a recyclable sorting facility. Recyclable material can easily be paletted and shipped to the nearest end-user, directly from your local waste management facility.

AS A USER, HOW IS THE ZERO UNIT A BETTER EXPERIENCE FOR ME THAN USING STANDARD TRASH CANS AND RECYCLING BINS?

Have you looked at the instructions on trash cans and recycling bins? It's really hard to know what you can or can’t put into them, how or if you should prepare your waste and which bin is the correct one. ZERO aims to make recycling and trash disposal easy and rewarding for you, the end-user.

  • ZERO makes it simple. No complicated instructions necessary. You just toss in your trash and recyclables and the ZERO UNIT will do the rest. This will help with language barriers, time constraints and confusing instructions. Now, without having to work for it, you know your items are actually being recycled and disposed of properly

  • ZERO UNITS are smart. They scan and gather data on the contents you toss in. And we’ve created an App and a Rewards Card integration to enhance the experience and give a little something to back the user

    • If there’s a related offer on an item you used from a participating ZERO advertising partner, one will be offered up to you on the App or the Rewards Card 

    • If there’s a rebate or refund on an item you used, you’ll be instantly issued a credit/coupon on the App or Rewards Card

  • The ZERO App will be gamified and can track your trash and recycling data. You’ll be issued a Carbon Point Score and offered ways to improve it. You can track your score against others, bank or sell your points on an open market and really see how much you’re doing to help the planet


All this, with no extra effort!

I HAVE A NET-ZERO MANDATE, NO ADDITIONAL BUDGET AND REALLY WANT TO LOWER MY CARBON FOOTPRINT. WILL ZERO HELP ME REACH THOSE GOALS?

Switching your current trash and recycling system to the ZERO UNIT will not only help you achieve your organization’s sustainability goals, but it will save you around 50% from your current spend. Not a bad reward for your efforts, right? Through the App, ZERO will issue you a Carbon Point Score, based on your carbon reduction savings, that you can either bank or sell on an open market. You’ll be able to quantify exactly how you’re achieving your mandate.

CAN ANYONE BUY A ZERO UNIT? HOW DO I BECOME A BETA TESTER?

Though we at ZERO have a global vision of replacing all trash cans and recycle bins with ZERO UNITS, currently we are focusing primarily on the following areas:

  • Transportation hubs (airports)

  • Stadiums

  • Amusement parks

  • Large businesses

  • Large apartment complexes

  • Waste management companies

  • Local governments


ZERO’s business is a b2b model, so not yet sold individually or available directly to consumers. Have a use case similar to the above? Give us a call. We’ll see what we can do.

 

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