Dumpsters from Forca neighborhood with informative labels

Forca neighborhood in Aveiro is ready to receive the new waste disposal dumpsters.

Aveiro Municipality, a beneficiary from LIFE PAYT project, hopes to get a reduction  of undifferentiated waste production between 20 to 40% for the households and between 40 to 60% for the commerce sector in the implementation area of Bairro da Forca. It is expected that the quantity of recyclables will increase in the same proportion, say the promotores of the LIFE PAYT project.

In November, the new dumpsters are expected to be ready for use by approximately 300 residents and retailers.

In that area of the city, the conventional dumpsters, which will be replaced by the ones specially designed for the LIFE PAYT, have had for a few days now information labels about the change that will take place soon. The placement of information is part of the awareness phase for the neighborhood population, which will continue until October. In November, according to Ribau Esteves, Mayor, the new dumpsters should be available and ready to operate; the tender for the acquisition of the dumpsters is currently in progress.

In the pilot area selected in Aveiro, ill be installed 26 dumpsters for undifferentiated waste, which residents and retailers will have access to by means of individual cards to be distributed in due time by the municipality and which will allow for the monitorization of  the amount of waste disposed. The main objective is to support the five municipalities involved in the adoption of PAYT waste tariffs (pay-as-you-throw), encouraging the “adoption of waste prevention and separation practices” and encouraging selective collection.

The project is being promoted since the end of 2016 in Aveiro, Lisbon and Condeixa (Portugal), Vrilissia (Greece) and Larnaca (Cyprus). The idea is to extend this waste collection system to other municipalities in southern Europe, within the framework of the European environment strategy. In technical terms, Citibrain – a consortium formed by the companies Wavecom, Ubiwhere and Micro IO – was chosen as the supplier of the technology inherent in providing the dumpster, communication and access control solution.

Questions and answers

What are the intervention areas ?

The project has five intervention areas, located in three southern European countries: Lisbon, Aveiro and Condeixa (Portugal), Vrilissia (Greece) and Larnaca (Cyprus).

How will the project work?

It will be guaranteed a connection between the waste producer and the amount of waste produced, since each dumpster will be identified using RFID technologies and each resident will be assigned an identification card. At the time of the collection, the chip information in the container (volume and owner) is read by an optical sensor in the collection vehicle and the data is transmitted to a centralized platform where it will be processed. The volume of waste is included in the invoice to be sent at the end of the month.

How can users track the results of the project?

A software adapted to the objectives of the project, developed by experts from the University of Aveiro, will link the information collected through a web portal that will allow citizens, local decision-makers and technicians to monitor the quantities of waste and see how the system is working in the different areas of intervention.

What are the expected results?

It is expected that the undifferentiated waste, in the various intervention areas, will decrease by 20 to 40% in the case of households and 40 to 60% in the case of services and commerce. The selective collection and the quantity of materials sent for recycling will substantially increase in the intervention areas, the project promoters trust.

Which entities are involved?

In Aveiro, the City Hall and the University are involved. The municipalities of all participating cities are partners in the project, as well as the Polytechnic of Coimbra and the Technical University of Athens.