Copenhagen wants its citizens to perceive the city as being cleaner by 2025
This is how they do it
Studies have shown that
Removing servicing of bins that are below a 25 percent fill-threshold will save €1 million annually
40 percent of emptied bins contain less than 25 percent of waste capacity
90 percent of bins are not full, when they are being emptied
One of the most livable cities in the world
Copenhagen has been voted one of the most livable cities in the world several times. The municipality has an ambitious development strategy for the city. They want two out of three of the citizens of Copenhagen to perceive the city as cleaner within 2025.
- 500.000 inhabitants (greater Copenhagen)
- 5.700 street bins serviced by the municipality
- Operational expenses associated with emptying bins is equal to €5 million.
- 50 percent is related to parking and emptying bins
- 50 percent is related to driving between bins
The beginning of Nordsense sensors in Copenhagen
In 2016, the first 100 Nordsense sensors were installed in street bins in different areas of the city with varying activity levels. The project was started to build a baseline on the waste service optimization potential.
It quickly became evident that in order to improve the waste collection efficiency for the city, the drivers needed to empty bins based on demand. They needed to optimize the whole collection process in Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen has operational expenses associated with emptying bins of €5 million each year
The city of Copenhagen has half a million inhabitants and 5700 street bins are serviced by the municipality. The costs related with emptying these bins each year mount up to €5 million. These costs are divided between parking and emptying the bins as well as driving between them.
Studies have shown that 40 percent of emptied bins contain less than 25 percent of waste. Further, 90 percent of bins are not full, when they are emptied. Which tells us that the majority of the bins are emptied even though it is not at all necessary.
The city is expanding Nordsense sensors to 1,000 additional bins
In 2018, 1000 additional sensors are being installed around the city of Copenhagen. This will insure that the municipality will save additional time and costs related to emptying bins around the city.
Gaining better insight into which bins are full and which are not will significantly decrease costs. Simply removing the servicing of bins that are below a 25 percent fill-threshold will save €1 million annually.
Saving €1 million will make it possible to allocate spending to be used more effectively for waste management. Hence leading to a cleaner city of Copenhagen. It will help the municipality to reach their goal of getting its citizens to perceive their city as being cleaner by 2025.