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With a long history of success in domestic and international market, SOTKON pioneered the development and commercialization of Underground Containerization Solutions and the development of associated technology. There has always been a concern to facilitate the tools to municipalities so that they can develop in a sustainable way and without limitations in terms of investment in equipment and infrastructures.Having provided cutting-edge technologies to make the effective management of collections and resources, and at the same time can provide a fairer tariff system that enables change behaviour or encourage environmental good practices, municipalities do not hesitate to invest in those technologies in the constant search for improvement of the environment and urban aesthetics.
Continuing the urban and landscape development plan for the city, Barcelos recently invested in the installation of SOTKON underground containers for the disposal of undifferentiated waste, reinforcing the strong commitment of the municipality to sustainability and continuous improvement of services aiming to become a cleaner, healthier and welcoming city.
In 2014, SOTKON provided the municipality of Portimão (Algarve) equipment for the first pilot project using a PAYT system in Portugal. Now it’s Barcelos turn. In June this year a pilot project using underground containers and the SOTKIS Intelligent System by SOTKON was implemented to study the application of the PAYT system in the municipality. The equipment was installed on a site with 40 households which will allow knowing the undifferentiated waste disposal behaviour of those residents. The idea it is to plan the application in the future of a fairest waste rate based on the quantities deposited.
What is PAYT?
Based on the concept "paying polluter", PAYT (pay-as-you-throw) is the international designation for a method that aims to be fairer to the citizens as it is applied a charge based on the actual production of waste and not in general indexing. This methodology allows the promotion of a reduced amount of undifferentiated waste produced by every citizen and to increase the separation of recyclable waste. Also, it becomes possible to distinguish between citizens who collaborate with waste reduction and those who do not cooperate, penalizing the second ones and compensating the first ones.
How it does it works?
The intake bins have a volume restrictor with a capacity of about 30 litres and it is only accessible by introducing a key (smart tag) by the user. Then, all the information about the deposition habits is stored. When the waste is collected, the recorded data is transferred to a modem that is installed inside the vehicle collection and later transferred to a server.
To make sure the population could adapt to the system with no problems what so ever, the municipality of Barcelos provided information about the system and how to use the equipment to the population and to collection services.