Condeixa focuses on waste reduction

It is a tool to reduce waste in southern Europe, through a set of methods, technologies and actions that “lead to behavior change on the part of the population”, contributing to the ‘prevention and reduction of the amount of mixed waste and to increase the separation. “

At issue is the project PAYT Life, which was released yesterday in Lisbon, and based on the principle “pay only what they throw away,” encouraging, through financial mechanisms, the source separation of waste and increasing recycling.

Identication of containers and users can control the volume of waste and to reflect this in the making

The Condeixa Chamber is one of the partners, along with three other Portuguese cities and in southern Europe, and expects “a significant increase in the amount of recyclables collected at 1,082 tons per year, with a market value of 138.547 euros, ‘says note the local authority.

The project started on 1 September and lasts for three years. The consortium, led by the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, includes seven partners. Namely: the chambers of Condeixa, Aveiro and Lisbon in Portugal, Larnaka (Cyprus) and Vrilissia (Greece) and even universities Athens National Technical (Greece) and Aveiro.

During the project, according to a statement of the local authority in Condeixa, a tariff will be applied to “pay” to about 440 producers of municipal waste, including those producing above 1,100 l / day, but also to non-domestic producers that are below this value. A list that includes supermarkets, small shops, restaurants, nursing homes, gardens for children and some industrial units.

The intervention ‘will involve changes to the current collection system in use’, which means to be distributed containers for non-household waste producers for its exclusive use, identified with a chip “RFID (Radio Frequency Identification, essential to ensure traceability, monitoring the amount and optimize collection routes). On collection, the chip information is read by an optical sensor added to the collection vehicle and the data is transmitted to a centralized platform, where they are processed. “The volume of waste is measured included in the invoice to send the end of the month to the owner of the container.”

With regard to citizens, the project includes the “User ID”, identification cards enabling access to public container. “They will be recorded every time a particular resident uses the container to put their waste and this information will be sent via GPRS to a centralized platform for processing.” The volume of waste deposited by each resident is’ calculated based on the number of times accessed the container and the chamber volume places where garbage “. Information that is “used to prepare the monthly bill.

collection vehicles will also register improvements and seeks to optimize collection routes. “Old or damaged containers will be replaced and new ecopoints will be installed to strengthen the selective collection circuit ‘says the local authority.

Original news published by Municipality of Condeixa.