COMPAKBIN: Eco-efficient container for automatically compacting waste

Ferrovial Services, through its Centre of Excellence for Cities and Ferrovial Services Spain, is part of the COMPAKBIN project which aims to develop a new bin system for compacting urban solid waste and optimising waste collection.

  • 2 years Project duration
  • 5 Innovating companies

Planning, design and implementation of waste collection and removal services is one of the greatest operational challenges facing local councils. This is due to the fact that there are numerous variables involved, such as variability in the production of waste and in the environment, technological developments and combined use thereof, cost increases, demand for greater service quality, ever more stringent environmental legislation, and the need to work together with end users. To this must be added increasing demand from citizens for more stringent environmental standards, as well as their own ability to contribute thereto. In current management systems, the container is the basic interface between the final user and the service, and thus is one of the components to be developed for optimising the cost of collection and improving recycling rates in an urban context.

Improving collection systems and separating at source are key elements for ensuring quality recycling of urban waste. However, this implies having the information and the knowledge required for introducing appropriate measures, and citizens – as key players in waste separation – having the information, motivation and tools required for carrying out such separation.

COMPAKBIN is a new bin system for the collection of urban solid waste using cutting-edge technology for compacting such waste, monitoring filling processes, and identifying and providing information to users. Located above ground, it will be compatible with existing waste collection systems and will communicate with them in real time, for which it will have its own autonomous energy supply.

The COMPAKBIN technology will reduce the environmental impact and cost of waste management, contributing to a reduction in the volume of non-recoverable waste. It will also serve to reduce CO2 emissions from the vehicle fleet through optimal route management based on intelligent use of information available from the Internet of Things on both cities and urban services companies.

The system allows linking accumulated waste with the user who disposed of such waste, thus providing information on citizen contribution to recycling, which can in turn be used for raising awareness and incentivising the responsible behaviour of citizens in favour of proper waste recycling.

Once the first prototypes are developed, a first pilot project will be implemented in As Mariñas (A Coruña, Spain) in 2018, where the impact of the new container on management of the current service will be assessed, as will the contribution of innovative elements within the service which will allow an additional, simultaneous increase in service efficiency and citizen experience.

Project for open innovation in urban services with European funding

Ferrovial Services is carrying out this Project together with Galician SMEs Formato Verde, Conexiona Telecom and Soluciones Conceptuales e Innovación. COMPAKBIN is a project cofinanced within the CONECTA PEME programme by the Galician Innovation Agency, part of the Galician Regional Government Ministry of the Economy, Employment and Industry, with the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This Project is in line with the aims determined by the challenges and priorities of Galicia’s Strategy for Intelligent Specialisation (RIS3), where Ferrovial Services contributes to the development of innovation and internationalisation of small and medium Galician companies.

Waste collection in As Mariñas, where COMPAKBIN will be tested on a pilot basis, is one of Ferrovial Services’ municipal services contracts in Galicia. The company is in charge of the management of, amongst others, street cleaning and waste collection in A Coruña, Pontevedra, Vivero and Sarria; the provision of energy services and public lighting in Riveira and Carballo; maintenance of green areas in Santiago de Compostela; and was recently awarded a contract for home help services in Vilagarcía de Arousa.

The COMPAKBIN project is part of Ferrovial Services’ strategy to support cities in developing innovation focused on citizens, enhancing services using the most innovative solutions, and contributing to the development of society. The Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities develops and implements innovative municipal service delivery programmes, solutions and models in cooperation with cities and their most advanced stakeholders.

General Information

Project definition
Eco-efficient container for automatically compacting waste
As Mariñas, A Coruña (Spain)
Start date
Formato Verde, Conexiona Telecom y Soluciones Conceptuales e Innovación