On Friday, July 16, 2021, a number of smart waste bins that run on solar energy were installed in Praça dos Pescadores. These WasteMates were purchased by the Municipality of Albufeira through our distributor Hidromaster.
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"These press waste bins are easy to install, because they work autonomously on solar energy. The other big advantage is that it does not consume fossil energy, i.e. it does not contribute to CO2 emissions," the mayor described. The solar waste bins were installed on the same day in the center of Albufeira, Avenida Sá Carneiro and in the vicinity of the Paços do Concelho.
These bins have a press system, which increases their capacity and reduces the number of bins emptied. This saves CO2 emissions because less often has to be emptied. "It's an interactive device, because it lets us know what condition they are in, and avoid what nobody likes to see, which is the bins in public spaces full of packaging and other waste," he said.
"This is an innovative and groundbreaking solution, as this equipment is equipped with an artificial intelligence module that informs the municipal services via internet and SMS about the speed of waste accumulation, mobility and company status"
For the future
According to José Carlos Rolo, the placement of these waste bins in the city and villages is the future of the municipality of Albufeira. “At the moment it is an expensive purchase and these are not easy times, but the future is important. After all, by using the energy we have from the sun, this solution will translate not only into environmental benefits in the short term, but also into economic benefits. We focus on reducing the so-called ecological footprint and want to make sure that we do everything we can to ensure a healthy environment in Albufeira.”