Tender challenges / Maribor
Maribor is the second-largest city in Slovenia and is home to the second largest university in the country. To address environmental issues, Maribor has partnered with neighbouring municipalities to form the Joint Environmental Protection Service (SSVO). In 2018, a new Automated Sorting Plant for municipal solid waste was built by a waste utility company owned by the city, with the capacity to sort 52,000 tons of waste per year.
Maribor is looking for socio-technical systems based on smart combinations of software and hardware (such as IoT sensors and ML/AI services) that collect relevant data from the waste collection process and use it to improve citizen engagement in waste selection and differentiation at source. Specifically, sensing devices may use computer vision and machine learning algorithms capable of identifying various waste fractions / types in the waste collection phase (i.e., as an upgrade to the garbage truck, or alternative options). The general public can be empowered by sharing and visualising process data and information, by facilitating proper communication, awareness raising and education and thus reducing mixed waste production and improving waste sorting and recycling rates.
Information on the location of the experimentation
To participate to the tender, please read our tender documentation, this page is a simple overview about the Maribor challenge. To visit the documentation, click on the green button below.