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Challenge / Goal

Many European cities need to increase recycling rates in multi-family residential areas.Typically recycling levels in such areas are around 15% or lower, whereas average national recycling levels often reach 50% and higher. Space and accessibility restrictions for introducing recycling as well as means of providing continuous information and instantaneous feedback on correct behaviours are challenges for reaching higher recycling levels.

The aim of the Smart Waste Management measure of Grow Smarter project is to demonstrate a smart waste solution for residential areas using differently colored bags for different sorts of waste, transporting the bags long distance underground and sorting them automatically in the collection station. This solution will enable a cost efficient and smarter combined solution, with the possibility of providing feedback to end users on their waste segregation habit.


Under the smart waste collection system measure, a combination of sub-solutions including Optical Sorting Technologies, Introduction of Automated Waste Collecting System in an Existing Neighborhood and Waste Collection Statistics for Individual Households/Businesses have been implemented. The focus of  this use case is on AWCS(Automated Waste Collecting System).  

Residents separate their waste into separate colour-coded bags.The different waste streams are then transported using suction through an underground pipe network to a collection station located outside the central city area. The challenge to the use of conventional Automated Waste Collection Systems (AWCS) has been the installation costs, as well as finding space underground to fit the pipe work. Automated waste collecting systems are normally only installed in new built residential areas as the costs can be included in overall infrastructure costs. AWCS are initially more expensive than traditional waste handling systems but offer significant advantages when in place.


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    Main benefits

  • Promoting sustainable disposal of waste

  • Improving life quality

  • Promoting sustainable behavior

  • Improved data accessibility

  • Enhanced data collection

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