How Rotterdam boosts waste management efficiency by leveraging IoT technologies

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Enevo, a smart waste management provider, has a product that integrates waste container monitoring, data analytics and fill-level forecasting, dynamic route planning and driver route guidance via in-cab tablet computers. Enevo wireless sensors monitor the fill level of the waste containers, transmitting the information to the company’s cloud servers. Now, the municipality of Rotterdam has begun to implement the company’s solution.

As part of the second phase of a Paper and Cardboard Waste Fractions project with Enevo, the municipality will double the number of monitored waste containers and increase the use of Enevo Smart Plan software for optimised collection route planning to 40% of the underground paper and card waste containers in the city. The solution was initially implemented as a proof of concept to ascertain the effectiveness of Enevo technology. However, Enevo surpassed the target for efficiency of collections that was set at 20%.

Joost van Maaren, Head of Collection and Reuse of Waste at the municipality of Rotterdam, said: “The technology to monitor fill-levels in waste containers is well understood, however, key to our requirements was a dynamic route planning system. Enevo offers one of the only systems that reliably offers both capabilities.

“This essential development is helping us to eliminate static collection routes and bring a focus on only emptying containers which need servicing,” van Maaren added. “During the pilot our working group, together with Enevo and TWS, have developed a system which meets Rotterdam’s requirements to achieve a highly effective and efficient waste collection system.”

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