A successful technical workshop covered the presentation of the Innovation Project LIFE- EWAS was held on the 12th of June at Microsoft’s offices, determining also the end of the project. The workshop which was lead by Wellness Smart Cities & Solutions, with the support of D-Waste and Microsoft was dedicated in the improvements in the efficiency of waste management systems via the sensor system implemented into waste containers, and the optimization of collection routes. To conclude the event, an open discussion session will take place regarding how ICT Technologies can be applied to the waste management industry.
The methodology has proved to have a positive impact in waste collection in terms of operational, environmental and economic aspects in both the pilot cities of Seville and Chania.
The results have been more successful in the Sevilla scenario, probably due to the problems faced in Chania regarding the installation of the sensors and the monitoring of the service.
These results open very interesting perspectives for the replication of the methodology in other cities, and also for the extension of the methodology in the pilot scenarios.
Particularly interesting is the increase of the efficiency of collection, which can be proved by several indicators such as the time spent for collection, the distance travelled per ton of waste or the amount of fuel spent per ton of waste.
These improvements have a positive effect in terms of environmental impact, since they allow an important reduction of the CO2 emissions associated to waste collection.
The economic aspects are also very promising, since they allow a reduction of the budget allocated for waste collection.