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How will cities make waste collections sustainable?

Urgent action is needed now – but it must be a long-term solution

The world’s urban population is expected to double by 2050. This will account for 68% of the global population, according to the European Commission. With this growth comes the consumption of resources to produce more material goods, and consequently, the more people, the more waste generated. The sheer volume of waste produced globally is estimated to double over the next ten years. 

Transitioning to the model of the smart city. 

In managing this waste, municipals and waste management companies cannot afford to think short term. They must be visionaries, tasked with finding long-term solutions. This is the only way to create liveable cities as populations grow. Part of what makes a city liveable is the health and wellbeing of residents, which are contributing factors to feeling rooted and invested in communities. But to make a city more liveable, municipals and waste management companies have to create a sustainable environment and the infrastructure to support it. 

Visionary leadership understands that traditional schedule-based waste collections are already insufficient – and inefficient, even adding to pollution problems that create health issues. It’s these municipals and companies who understand that technologies will make them agile. With agility comes the ability to address waste management needs for the long term, while transitioning to the model of the smart city. 

Tighter government legislation will make this inevitable, but municipals and companies who adapt now will make the transition easier and more cost effective. For instance, sensor-based containers and wheelie bins equipped with RFID tags give you full visibility into your waste collections, so you can see immediately how to improve your processes. 

At AMCS, we’re helping forward-thinking municipals and waste management companies consider their next moves. We invite you to explore the content here, which explains technologies to achieve smart waste management. We’re also happy to talk to you and answer any questions. 

Watch our informative series on sustainable waste collections

We set up an informative series on waste collection for municipalities that can help you make the right decisions for the future. AMCS is a trusted partner for many of the world’s leading waste management companies. We are supporting our customers future with innovative technology and with best-practice processes.

AMCS’ Platform Municipal offering includes state-of-the-art technology solutions for household waste and recycling collection, route planning, vehicle technology, cart management, and customer service support.

The AMCS Platform also provides full support for municipalities that subcontract collections with service level monitoring, dynamic reporting and analytics.

Hover over the four videos below and read what they are all about.

Improve waste-collections

How Municipals can improve the waste-collections cycle

To achieve your goals of environmental sustainability, you need to change your waste collections cycle and infrastructure. We’re not talking about a new concept, but a concept that has proven to be incredibly successful: automatic order generation and leveraging fill-level sensors. But first, where would you deploy your municipal waste containers? Optimisation tooling can tell you. 

Learn more. 

Schedule-based waste collections:

Schedule-based waste collections:: It’s time to do better

With the growth of our cities’ populations, we can no longer sustain traditional, schedule-based waste collections. It’s not only a burden on our environment, but also your operating costs. It’s time for bold action. That means digitalising your collections. Start with sensors that monitor fill levels of containers so that you make collections when they need emptying, and only then. This is how you can make a difference. 

Learn more

It’s a new world: Dynamic waste collection

It’s a new world: Dynamic waste collection

In order to make waste collections sustainable, you need to look at technologies driven by IoT. Dynamic waste collection liberates you from old, inefficient ways of working by automating processes and collecting data. The analysis of that data in turn helps you reduce waste collection frequency while improving your service and reducing your operating costs. This is about making life better not only for residents, but for the people who manage waste.

Learn more

Case study: Twente Milieu

Twente Milieu: The impact of dynamic waste collection

Twente Milieu isn’t just one of the Netherlands’ leading waste management companies. They’re also a signatory of the Sustainable Vehicles and Fuels in the Cleaning Industry covenant. Making waste collections sustainable is their top priority. The way to achieve that is to make collections more efficient. It was only natural then, that they adopted AMCS Route Optimisation. The gains they made in efficiency not only reduced their CO2 emissions, but also their operating costs. 

Learn more
  • Improve waste-collections

    To achieve your goals of environmental sustainability, you need to change your waste collections cycle and infrastructure. We’re not talking about a new concept, but a concept that has proven to be incredibly successful: automatic order generation and leveraging fill-level sensors. But first, where would you deploy your municipal waste containers? Optimisation tooling can tell you. 

    Learn more. 
  • Schedule-based waste collections:

    With the growth of our cities’ populations, we can no longer sustain traditional, schedule-based waste collections. It’s not only a burden on our environment, but also your operating costs. It’s time for bold action. That means digitalising your collections. Start with sensors that monitor fill levels of containers so that you make collections when they need emptying, and only then. This is how you can make a difference. 

    Learn more
  • It’s a new world: Dynamic waste collection

    In order to make waste collections sustainable, you need to look at technologies driven by IoT. Dynamic waste collection liberates you from old, inefficient ways of working by automating processes and collecting data. The analysis of that data in turn helps you reduce waste collection frequency while improving your service and reducing your operating costs. This is about making life better not only for residents, but for the people who manage waste.

    Learn more
  • Case study: Twente Milieu

    Twente Milieu isn’t just one of the Netherlands’ leading waste management companies. They’re also a signatory of the Sustainable Vehicles and Fuels in the Cleaning Industry covenant. Making waste collections sustainable is their top priority. The way to achieve that is to make collections more efficient. It was only natural then, that they adopted AMCS Route Optimisation. The gains they made in efficiency not only reduced their CO2 emissions, but also their operating costs. 

    Learn more
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Pilot project: through guided navigation route information digitally available for Veolia drivers in Germany

The knowledge of experienced drivers on how routes are driven in the most efficient way, is now digitally available for all other colleagues. “For Veolia Germany, this is one of the main benefits of guided navigation”, says Malte Zinke, Project Manager Logistics, who on behalf of Veolia Umweltservice Süd GmbH supervises a recently started pilot with AMCS Guided Navigation in the German area of Coburg. On request, he answers several questions, including the one why Veolia Germany decided to start the pilot with AMCS Guided Navigation, and what he expects are the main benefits of the mobile system.

How does guided navigation contribute to Veolia’s business drivers?

With guided navigation AMCS is contributing to a series of Veolia’s business drivers, like less time needed to train the drivers, sharing route knowledge in a digital platform and improving the quality of the service, such as by not missing any bins. In addition to that, guided navigation is mitigating safety risk due to pre-planned routes contributing both to public and driver’s safety and with that improving overall road safety. 

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