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Managing Waste Seasonality in Europe

Posted by Andy Crofts on Oct 18, 2017 8:05:00 PM

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As we enter the autumn season and the weather inevitably changes we can also see a change in the waste servicing needs within Street Scene and Park environments. Not to mention the seasonal fluctuations of waste at restaurants and retail locaitons.  With a gradual decline in temperatures and the number of the daylight hours we see a change in the waste generation patterns at our clients.

From our experience this can vary from as little as 20% to as much as 100% of waste volume generation in street litter waste.

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Source: Town centre street litter volumes from an Enevo Local Authority customer

In addition to the seasonal changes there are many other factors that impact this variability across the whole of Street Scene including:

  • Large swings in the weather on any given day
  • The location of the bins being serviced - city centre, near shopping areas, park bins, rural bins, near schools, tourist locations, seasides, etc.
  • The type of waste collected


So how do you manage your service to handle the changing demands of waste collections? Perhaps you change the collection crew levels depending on the season or perhaps just the hours dedicated to collection operations. Maybe you change the frequency of collections on the static rounds.

These are all the standard practises within the Local Authorities that look back historically at how things worked in the past. This is a reasonable approach when you don’t have the knowledge about what will happen in the near future and the information to plan against.

The historical planning approach can easily become a planning problem. How should you change the collections of bins in Parks and Open Spaces during the winter as the amount of picnic waste declines yet the dog waste stays the same? Should you collect less frequently but run the risk of complaints from the public or health and safety risks due to overweight bags?

Should you reduce the collections in rural locations yet run the risk of having to react to overflow complaints and the inevitable high cost of unplanned collection and cleanup?

Can you respond to the elusive “Indian Summer” phenomenon when a snap change in the weather requires snap changes in services without much warning?


At Enevo we use fill-level technology and predictive algorithms to help Councils see into the future and predict these changes in service before they occur. Local Authorities are using the Enevo Waste Analytics platform to optimise their waste collection services and drive increased efficiencies by only collecting the bins that need servicing that day, freeing up resources to complete other tasks - like collecting leaves!  

Enevo's SmartWASTE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724613.

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Topics: waste analytics, street scene, collection optimisation, fill level monitoring, SmartWASTE, Horizon2020