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17/10/17 SOTKON at the 1st National Urban Cleaning Meeting
21/09/17 SOTKON joined the Smart Waste cluster
25/05/17 SOTKON attended Algarve’s first "Smart Region Summit"
21/04/17 FCC chooses SOTKON to improve underground container safety
16/03/17 Tavira continues equipment replacement with SOTKON
07/02/17 Sotkon exhibits in Israel
02/01/17 A cleaner Vila Viçosa with SOTKON equipment
13/12/16 SOTKON equipment exhibited at Pollutec 2016
06/12/16 Israel counts on SOTKON
25/11/16 SOTKON sponsors ANEPMA's Environment Seminar
21/10/16 PAYT system and SOTKON equipment with a pilot project in Barcelos
17/10/16 The ‘Algarve Clube Atlântico’ even more unique with SOTKON equipment
21/09/16 Sotkon Angola is a supplier of Futungo de Belas project in Luanda
09/06/16 SOTKON equipment for Smart Cities
03/06/16 Sotkon Underground Waste Containers in Vila Verde Region
10/05/16 SOTKON to attend Tecma 2016 (madrid)
14/01/16 SOTKON underground container systems to renew Lagoa (Algarve)
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06/12/15 SOTKON SP ATTENDED THE MUNICIPALIA INTERNATIONAL FAIR 2015
25/08/15 Sotkon products in the Pyrenees
17/07/15 Sotkon Spain signed an agreement with Avila University
03/07/15 Sotkon at REW Istanbul 2015
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05/06/15 SOTKON equipment is key in Olhão - Portugal
08/05/15 "Cascais Ambiente" improves services with SOTKON products
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10/04/15 Sotkon equipment embellishes the streets of Setúbal - PORTUGAL
25/03/15 The municipality of Tavira prefers SOTKON Equipment
06/02/15 Sotkon is testing the PAYT system in one of the 330 ecological islands of Portimão - EMARP accepted challenge of SOTKON
26/01/15 GARBAGE COLLECTION- Municipality of Vila Verde - Braga - Portugal - will install 75 "underground containers" to improve waste collection
23/01/15 SOTKON’s Sotkis system installed in Vila Franca de Xira - Portugal
10/12/14 SOTKON in POLLUTEC 2014
05/12/14 Colombia: a new challenge for SOTKON
05/12/14 aSTURIAS-sPAIN: MORE THAN 170 UNITS INSTALLED IN 2014
05/12/14 SOTKON Portugal installs the first buried collection point for waste cooking oils
05/12/14 SOTKON PAYT project tested in the Algarve
05/12/14 SOTKON at Cambridge University
22/08/14 SOTKON CONCLUDES INSTALATION IN FARO MUNICIPALITY
22/08/14 SotKON CONCLUDES INSTALATION IN POMBAL MUNICIPALITY
11/10/13 ISWA 2013 report - SOTKON on the cover
10/10/13 SOtkon facebook page reaches 8000 likes
10/10/13 Sotkon portugal renewed the certification of Quality and Environment
10/10/13 competitor´s underground system replaced By Sotkon in Faro
23/02/12 SOTKON INSTALLS UNDERGROUND CONTAINERS IN THE NEW RIO DE JANEIRO HARBOUR AreA
06/02/15

Sotkon is testing the PAYT system in one of the 330 ecological islands of Portimão - EMARP accepted challenge of SOTKON

Sotkon Portugal is testing a system that allows to charges municipal solid waste, following the principal of the polluter-payer - PAYT [Pay As You Throw], in one of the 330 ecological islands located in the city of Portimão, Faro district.

The municipal enterprise EMARP – Águas e Resíduos of Portimão accepted the challenge launched by Sotkon, which already supplies underground containers, to submit to test the "Sotkis - Intelligent System".The "Access" module of Sotkis system allows you to control the deposition and identify users. Each user has a "Smart Tag" identifier, a kind of key that has the data recording, including name, address and tax identification number. 

"Each intake bin, of solid waste, glass, plastic or paper, has a latch associated with to an identifier "E-box "and the lid only opens after the identifier is inserted," explained Rui Salgado, responsible commercial Sotkon Portugal, to AmbienteOnlineEach user may place, each time, the equivalent to 30L of mixed waste. "The intention is that users use these 30L of volume available to dispose mixed waste, directing the selective water for its container," explains Rui Salgado. 

The selective intake bins do not have deposition limit. There is an access control, as a way to measure the evolution of recycling, but one cannot know the quantities that each user deposits. "Given the size of some packaging, household appliances, for example, you cannot limit the volume," justifies Rui Salgado. The registration data, including time of deposition and type of waste, are transmitted to a remote server and made available to the entity, so they can be processed by computer. Sotkon has its own software control, data processing and issuance of a virtual invoice. 

The actual invoices must be made by a licensed program, but the information is also provided by the company, stresses Rui Salgado.Other system modules (Level and Route Planning) can monitor the filling level of containers using volumetric sensors, enabling the most efficient route planning for carrying out the collection of waste. This system is no longer a pilot project as it is in operation in Porto City Hall, monitoring 20 glass containers; in Vila Franca de Xira to control 10 general waste containers. This system will soon be in Cascais, city that ordered 400 volumetric probes to spread on most containers buried in the county.   Each family deposit’s 126kg of general waste per month In Portimão, the project started in 2013 and covers 20 families. "Portimão is one of the cities with better results in terms of waste collection and satisfaction of users of underground Community containerization. The system is fully available and accepted by the population, which functional point of view simplifies this pilot project as it does not require any change of habits or behaviors by the population," stresses Rui Salgado. Assuming that each family uses the maximum available volume of 30L and makes the average 14 depositions per month, each family will deposit 126 kilos of solid waste each month, according to calculations established during this pilot project.Rui Salgado ensures that the system can be mass-produced. Several European cities, in Italy, for example, use similar systems. 

"The costs will always be huge because the system has to be available for all users. In the particular case of entities that already use Sotkon systems the investments are lower because intake bins with PAYT system are perfectly compatible with older facilities," says. Rui Salgado also noted that there will be applications for Community Funds that will allow to frame such projects and can be seized by the authorities to introduce this system. "The advantage of this system is that, from the hardware point of view, Sotkon already has the know-how to its application and can support any entity in its implementation," he says. Rui Salgado believes it is too early to draw conclusions of the project, but also that users generally agree that - “the injustice of indexing waste taxation to water consumption” should end.The responsible of Sotkon, reveals that is being analised the implementation of new similar pilot projects in Penafiel, Torres Novas and Barcelos.  Portimão WANTS YOU TO BE IN THE FRONT LINEThe chief director of waste and urban cleaning from EMARP, Luis Fernandes, remembers that the PAYT system is an objective of the European Union and is part of the PERSU 2020. "Deadlines have not been defined for its implementation but, being an European goal, EMARP is providing the municipality with the infrastructure that will be in the front line when that term is defined". The official representative believes that it makes sense to apply this concept, or another with the same goal, as this system allows residents to pay only for undifferentiated residue deposited on the container. "The more they  separate, the  less they will pay, as  selective deposition will continue to be free  paying only  the undifferentiated fraction (residual waste, not separated)," noted to the Ambiente Online.

Luis Fernandes points out however that this is an expensive system. "It requires a huge investment which, in our opinion, hardly will get return. It will be part of that range of investments that will only go forward because it is environmentally correct. It's like the decision to buy an electric vehicle. It takes plenty of time to be amortized, but gives the feeling that the decision to buy it was the best thing done for the environment", illustrates.The director believes that few municipalities or municipal companies will be able to accommodate the cost of such an investment without funds being made available for this purpose. 

"Let’s not forget that, in order to apply the PAYT, it is necessary to provide the municipality with containers that support these systems. For now, and given the budgetary constraints of this company, we will continue testing PAYT, awaiting for better opportunity to support them," he concludes. / Ana Santiago http://www.ambienteonline.pt/canal/detalhe/portimao