Wiegon digitalizes Wipptal waste disposal
Nine municipalities rely on innovative solutions for their region
Nine communities in the Wipptal are taking a big step towards modern and efficient waste disposal. From January 2024, residual waste collection in the region will be revolutionized by a rubbish bin weighing system. This groundbreaking digitalization project was launched today by State Councilor for Economics and Digitalization Mario Gerber, Planning Association Chairman and Mayor Florian Riedl, Managing Director of Waste Management Tirol Mitte, Dr. Alfred Egger and Ing. Bernhard Weiskopf, representative of the Wiegon company.
In 2020, the communities of Gries am Brenner, Gschnitz, Matrei am Brenner, Navis, Obernberg am Brenner, Schmirn, Steinach am Brenner, Trins and Vals invested more than three million euros in the renovation of the Upper and Lower Wipptal waste management centers. Modern access, weighing and recording systems were successfully implemented thanks to the support of waste management Tirol Mitte GmbH and the implementation by the Landecker expert group Wiegon.
Actively reduce costs
This rubbish bin weighing system, which will be used in residual waste collection from January 2024, will enable Wipptal residents to be charged for the exact amount of waste they dispose. This replaces the previous system where collection was billed regardless of the weight or amount of waste issued. This uniform approach promises more transparency and fairness for residents and contributes to increasing separation morale. Mayor Florian Riedl, initiator and planning association chairman, explains: "In the future, the people of Wipptal will be able to actively influence the level of fees by adapting their individual behavior and separation in a targeted manner. Less organic waste in the residual waste is good for the environment and the residents' household budgets. "
No increase in fees
The conversion of the waste bins will begin at the end of this year, with all containers being equipped with a "chip" including a sticker with an address and barcode. State Councilor for Economic Affairs and Digitalization Mario Gerber is enthusiastic about the initiative in Wipptal: “The project impressively demonstrates how resident-oriented, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly waste disposal can work in municipalities. In addition, it once again shows the advantages and opportunities associated with digitalization. All generations should have low-threshold access to this new era.” A comprehensive information campaign was launched to inform the citizens of the Wipptal about the upcoming changes.
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Comments about the project
„This project impressively shows how important digitalization is for cooperation between communities. With the help of the collected data, more efficient collection routes can be planned in the future. We are also working on an app that should further increase the motivation for citizens to separate waste and reduce costs.“