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Prague to trial large-scale dynamic waste collection

Pandemic is profoundly changing traditional waste generation patterns and standard collection frequencies, and the current routes are unable to flexibly cope with these changes in the city.

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Prague will live-test the smart waste technology. Copyright: Anthony Delanoix
Prague will live-test the smart waste technology. Copyright: Anthony Delanoix

The city of Prague has announced a large-scale waste collection pilot designed to systematically decrease the environmental impact related to the waste collection process and maximise efficiency of available municipal vehicles.

 

As of spring of 2021, the Czech capital, in partnership with Sensoneo, a global provider of smart waste management solutions, will collect waste via automated routes able to dynamically respond to changes in waste production and the city’s infrastructure.

 

Waste generation patterns

 

According to city leaders, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing unanticipated changes, profoundly altering traditional waste generation patterns and standard collection frequencies. They add that the current routes are unable to flexibly cope with these changes.

 

“Cities around the world face challenges related to growing urbanism, increasing volume of waste and insufficient flexibility, which has been now even more highlighted with the ongoing pandemic,” said Petr Hlubuček, deputy mayor of Prague for the environment, infrastructure, technical equipment, and safety.

 

“Innovative technologies, which we will test during the pilot project, follow Prague’s strategy focused on sustainability and a circular economy. I am convinced that this project will contribute to our plan of making Prague an active initiator of green technologies.”

“It has been our long-term goal to identify and implement the tools that drive the improvement of the waste collection process and the quality of our service”

The project will include the following procedures:

  • collection efficiency analysis: for all waste commodities based on processing all available data related to containers, vehicles and routes. This will provide the identification of weak points and opportunities for savings and improvement of the quality of service
  • set-up of the new routes and frequencies: to increase the efficiency and quality of service, combine the shortest possible routes, on-time collection, and maximum possible utilisation of vehicle capacity with the long-term goal to reduce the number of vehicles used during waste collection
  • collecting waste via automated routes (flexibly reflecting daily specific requirements): using Sensoneo’s navigation, developed for the requirements of individual waste collection vehicles, this is intended to facilitate employment of drivers without prior driving experience in particular districts or particular routes
  • final evaluation: showcase savings (time, cost, fuel, emissions) with a before and after comparison.
Waste will be collected via automated routes able to dynamically respond to changes
Waste will be collected via automated routes able to dynamically respond to changes

“The city of Prague thus receives a unique opportunity to live-test the technology, which has the objective to cope with the current waste challenges in cities,” added Patrik Roman, CEO of Pražské služby, [Prague services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the city of Prague].

 

“Digitisation is a huge topic in the field of waste management. It has been our long-term goal to identify and implement the tools that drive the improvement of the waste collection process and the quality of our service. This project upgrades the established systems of daily planning, real-time performance monitoring and evaluation.”

 

He continued: “Planning waste collection routes for over 130 thousand containers in Prague is a complex and very demanding job and the successful outcome of this project can significantly help to improve it.”

 

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