The municipality of Rotterdam is to introduce the second phase of a Paper and Cardboard Waste Fractions project with Enevo, and its Dutch partner TWS. The project extension 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.
Initially deployed as a proof of concept to demonstrate the effectiveness of Enevo technology, the municipality of Rotterdam also enlisted the expertise of its waste collection team to optimise Enevo Smart Plan route planning software for use in the City. At the same time, Rotterdam set a target for Enevo to increase the efficiency of collections by 20 percent – a goal that was in fact easily surpassed.
Joost van Maaren, head of collection and reuse of waste at the municipality of Rotterdam, outlined the project: “We are delighted to be increasing the use of this system. 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. 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.”
The Enevo waste management solution brings together 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.
This data is combined with historical project information to generate trends which the system analyses to generate the most efficient collection routes, based on fill level criteria, on a daily basis. These routes are directly communicated via the Enevo cloud service to provide that day’s collection route.
Phase two of the Paper and Cardboard collection and recycling project was implemented during April 2016 and is anticipated to provide increased levels of data and on-route understanding for analysis, allowing well defined criteria to develop the project further towards its goals.