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VIA INO21 Challenge 4: WG26

Denne idé er en del af VIA INO21 Challenge 4: Tech-Innovation - Smart Solutions For Waste Management In Public Spaces

2. februar 2021

*Value proposition canvas and prototype is attached in the public files tab*

A video pitch of our idea: https://youtu.be/E9iBjo-S2xg


  • Pain: 

    • Overfilling the trash bins and littering.
    • Expensive and not optimized garbage collection process
    • Time-consuming garbage collection management
  • Gain: 

    • Efficiency of garbage collection.
    • Better waste management
  • Customer jobs:

    • Monitor trash bins state and plan routes
    • Coordinate people to get the most efficient results
    • Plan garbage collection routes and negotiate contracts


The proposed waste management system is made up of multiple smart bins connected to a centralized system. 

Each smart bin has the following features: 

  • monitoring of the filling level (with the usage of an ultrasonic sensor), which is reported once a day, early in the morning, to the server, 
  • a sound play whenever something is thrown in, to give the person a positive feedback and to encourage the reduction of littering, 
  • a compactor which every once in a while compressed the trash inside the bin, to improve the efficiency of the bins without increasing the size (the compactor acts only if the trash is closed, and keeps it closed while operating, for safety reasons)
  • 2 LEDs, green and red, which indicate whether the trash bin is full

The trash bins should also have a mechanical pedal for opening, so that people don’t have to touch it and also the bins should be placed in reachable areas for pedestrians, in order to minimize littering.

All smart trash bins report once a day their filling level to the system. The system is connected to a map with all the trash bins by location, and each trash bin on the map has an LED associated to it. The system controls the LEDs in order to display a color between green (0% filled) and red (100% filled), so that the trash collectors can operate only when and where it is necessary, which results in an increased efficiency of the waste management process in Aarhus.



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