Smart Waste Management with Suwaco 

Pilot in Bruges 

How can data be used to optimise  circulation of local authority urban logistics vehicles?



  • Project: Urban logistics vehicles
  • Location: Bruges, Belgium (118.600 inhabitants)
  • Challenge: Optimizing circulation of local authority urban logistics vehicles
  • Solution: Provide existing waste bins with a filling-rate-sensor. After analyzing the data it will be possible to optimize the routes of the waste collectors.


As a world-famous tourist destination, hosting over 5 million visitors a year, cleanliness of public spaces is extremely important for the city of Bruges. However, currently municipal departments  have no real time view on the status of garbage cans and whether they are full or not.  This means it is difficult for the waste management team to improve collection operations.  Additionally, there is no routing management system, which decreases staff efficiency. The city also lacks an integrated view of how waste is organized and no mechanism is in place to define when and where an intervention on cleanliness facilities is needed and justified.

Organising more efficient circulation of urban logistics vehicles to run on the most effective times and routes is key for any city in order to improve efficient and sustainable circulation and reduction of logistics traffic in the city.


Suwaco is a startup with a 100% focus on space-saving waste solutions. They propose an outroll of their unique self-developed Bin Sensor, which is especially designed for measuring the filling rate in existing bins and containers. Because of its unique design it is one of the smallest sensors of its kind, and can be installed in practically any type of bin. Their online platform makes it possible to keep track of all bins equipped with a sensor and gives optimal routings, which leads to less emptying, which in turn leads to a reduction of cost on transport and man hours.

Because of the close to realtime import of filling-rate data, Suwaco can even pinpoint the locations/bins which are used as dumping sites for household garbage, and at what time. This data can be used to schedule targeted monitoring of these locations.



At the current stage in the pilot, the target area, the location and the measurements of the bins have been defined and inputted in the platform. The platform/dashboard is ready to receive data. City workers are measuring current workhours, emptying rates and kilometers driven, so an accurate evaluation can be made of the effects of the solution. The devices are going to be installed within the next month (30 day delay due to current corona-related circumstances), after which city workers will be educated on the use of the planning tool and the overall dashboard.