The eligible CB area is characterized by low quality and density of environmental infrastructure (mainly in the Albanian area), while, at the same time, the partnership, identified that waste monitoring and management are becoming an acute problem for their urbanization and economic development. Although public services have been around for a long time, they have seen only limited innovation with operational efficiency. Moreover, to a greater or smaller degree, waste management approaches at local scale (like municipalities’ solid waste management)affect both the urban profile and the “worth living” for both citizens and tourists.
Considering the imperative need for introducing new and more effective approaches for municipal solid waste management (MSWM), little has been done to jointly address the risks, that participating countries face and the opportunities that arise. For instance, MSWM initiatives have been addressed in a rather superficial and conventional approach. Related infrastructure has not been sufficiently developed, the SWM practices have not been improved and both citizens and tourism activities are suffering.
The INTERNET OF BINS project’s overall objective is in full accordance with the programme’s specific objective of the thematic priority in which belongs: To increase the capacity of CB infrastructure in waste management and monitoring by adopting innovative approaches/models for sustainable solid waste management at local level. The project itself, serves as a pilot project and model for other communities of the prog area and goes beyond the existing waste management practices both a) in the Programm area and b) in the participating countries as well.
PBs will be equipped with smart waste management and monitoring telematic equipment for bins and trucks (GPS, ultrasonic bin’s filling level sensors, fuel level sensors) for online transmitting of quantitative and qualitative data (bin’s filling level, fuel consumption rate, route data) to corresponding intelligent operational platforms.All actions of the project have a strong cross-border character.
Under the INTERNET OF BINS, the main elements of cross-border cooperation means cooperation of local authorities.
The overall and specific objectives of the project are going to be accomplished through a 3-step core procedure (WP3-4-5). WP3 is both the core step for the improvement of the CB waste management capacity and the “input” of the WP4. 57% of the total budget concerns supplies: Underground waste collection systems and load equipment, Garbage truck, compost and recycling waste bins and an integrated feasibility study for the Upgrade of PB3’s Municipal’s Solid Waste Management Capacity (PB4) are included. WP4 is the “Smart Waste-ICT Pillar” of the project utilizing both the WP3’s outputs and the excising waste management equipment of the LB, PB2,3 and 4 to set-up a Smart Joint Waste Monitoring System/Network through the implementation of pilot actions.