AMS Smart Wasting in Amsterdam

Waste between the front door and the waste container

Smart Wasting in Amsterdam is on citizen waste produced by households and its path to the waste container on the street. This project will provide more insight in the waste production and attitude of the citizens of Amsterdam and will contribute towards optimization of the waste collection infrastructure (locations of waste containers in the city of Amsterdam).

Citizen waste production model
The amount and type of citizen waste will be modelled based on demographic information. Such a model is useful in the allocation of new separated waste containers and the formulation of citizens oriented waste collection strategies.

Waste container optimisation model
A major part of the city of Amsterdam has shared underground waste containers located on the streets. Currently, the location of these containers is mostly determined by looking for the most suitable way of locating the containers in public space, in terms of absence of underground cables and sewer and accessibility for the garbage truck. So the current locations of containers are not necessary also the optimal locations for the citizens that are supposed to use these containers. A survey under citizens showed that a container should be as easy accessible as possible: not too far from their front door, on a logical route (for example to the school or public transport), clean, operational and available. In this project, a model will be created that calculates for each household the shortest (walk) distance from their front door to the specific containers. Using this model, areas can be selected were the distance is too large between front doors and specific containers. It is envisioned that the model include as far as possible potential barriers that enlarge the walking distance like parked car and crossovers of streets. Focus will therefore not only on the spatial distance, but also on the extra effort that is needed in case of barriers.

Neighbourhood survey in IJburg
This project will perform a neighbourhood survey in IJburg to
(1) validate the two models
(2) to investigate the willingness of the citizen to separate their waste and
(3) to identify the major barriers for them in doing so. /

Project duration:
January 2016 – November 2016

Wageningen UR, CREM, Municipality of Amsterdam

Project leader / Contact person:
Corné Vreugdenhil
Junior Researcher, Wageningen UR, Geo-Information and Remote Sensing
P: +31 317 481 329

This project is an AMS Stimulus Project. The aim of Stimulus Projects is to give to new and existing AMS partners support to innovative research that has a strong upscaling potential. The projects should realize short-term research output, which act as a catalyst of a new solution direction, concept or approach.