Barcelona will have smart garbage containers: they will identify users to know how much they recycle
New garbage containers will soon arrive on the streets of Barcelona. They will not be any type of container, but intelligent ones in which to throw garbage you have to identify. The local administration thus hopes to obtain more data on the recycling habits of its citizens and, consequently, reduce the waste rate charged by taxes.
A new cleaning contract in the city of Barcelona will incorporate a series of technological innovations to the city’s cleaning system. New smart containers but also a fleet of electric garbage trucks for example. If the plan is ratified this coming Friday, it will come into effect from 2022 for the next eight years. It is estimated a cost of around 300 million euros per year.
The idea with smart garbage containers is that to open them and deposit garbage you have to identify yourself. This will be done with a card, key or mobile through an app for example. With this the cleaning system expects to be able to better record the residual activity of neighbors and to some extent determine how much they recycle.
For? Tax rates. They indicate that by collecting this activity and understanding how neighbors consume and deposit waste, they can offer bonuses. Bonuses in the form of a reduction in the tax rate. Of course, not so much at the individual level but rather at the neighborhood level.
However far from the future this seems to come, the truth is that other cities around the world already have similar systems in place where the garbage container is more than six walls to hold garbage. Generally what these containers do is have sensors that allow the cleaning system to know when they have been filled. Sometimes they even have temperature sensors so that in case it rises more than necessary they will empty it and it does not start to smell bad.
A fleet of electric garbage trucks
The other big change that comes with this new cleaning contract is to improve the garbage truck fleet. The goal is that two thirds of the fleet (66%) are electric trucks. Currently there are around 20% of electric trucks for garbage collection in Barcelona. With this they hope to reduce both pollution pollution and noise pollution.
While the fleet of trucks will reach the entire city, the smart containers will do it by neighborhoods and little by little. The Sant Antoni neighborhood will be the first to have smart garbage containers and they will be installed this year.
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