A recycling server developed by the Aalto University’s research group for environmental technology has won the Green ICT competition organised by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and FiCom, Finnish Federation for Communications and Teleinformatics. The objective of the Green ICT competition is to promote innovative ideas that improve the quality of life and the environment, and also create new business activities.
The recycling server is designed to produce data for residents and housing companies about the volume and type of waste produced in a residential building, which they can monitor on the Internet. It provides guidance for recycling and reduces the cost of refuses services, while also aiming to prevent the creation of waste. The volume of different types of waste like biowaste, paper, cardboard, glass and metal can be monitored in the same way as water or energy consumption. The server follows waste accumulation and collection in properties and residential areas in real-time. Refuse collection companies can use the service for planning and invoicing based on weight.
The general information about a district is available for everyone on the Internet but property-specific data can only be utilised by residents and housing companies. A project funded by the European Regional Development Fund in 2011-2013 will research and develop the basic model of the recycling server, which will be tested in several pilot areas. The project also includes the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, Päijät-Hämeen jätehuoltoyhtiö Oy and Turun seudun jätehuoltoyhtiö Oy.
Sources: Tekes, Aalto University