Within the Smartiago project, a budget of € 466,200.00 (excluding taxes) is allocated to the development of a Smart MSW collection system. The aim will be to address the following needs faced by municipal management: increase the city’s waste recovery rate by focusing on the origin of waste separation based on citizen behaviour, and hotel and restaurant habits; audit the current system and introduce innovative technological solutions into waste management, and increasing the number of digitized services offered.
The following key objectives have been established for the project:
- Drive efficiency outcomes in municipal solid waste (MSW) collection and treatment with Smart waste technologies, citizen participation and AI.
- Increase the readiness level for reuse and recycling from 13% to 50% by creating interactive urban spaces and public assets which reward environmental co-responsibility.
On a more granular level, the project aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Create a predictive model of waste suitability for urban community composting based on respirometric biological control, and AI applied to oxygen consumption by microbial mass.
- Demonstrate the feasibility of a gamification platform that promotes the separation of organic solid waste from homes.
More specifically, the government team has identified 3 fundamental points:
- Smart waste containers for organic solid waste that comply with EU objectives.
- Mobile gamification app that fosters a new form of citizen interaction with the public service, including a rewards system for appropriate MSW disposal and street cleaning, increasing joint responsibility and transparency.
- Communications network that ensures good connectivity between the components described above.