Expansion and ever-more stringent (European) legislation, underground containers, advanced environmental areas, encrypted passes; developments never cease and even the supply is constantly expanding. Automatic waste registration and financial settlement, onboard computers, route optimisation; and with today’s technology more and more is becoming possible and every supplier is introducing the best and most reliable system.
In practice, the effectiveness of all of these possibilities appears to depend strongly on the right link. However, integration of the often separately developed, specialised devices and software will regularly lead to problems in practice.
Labour-intensive integration finds its roots in the glory years of automation. A great number of suppliers of production goods entered the field of ICT and began developing software or had it developed for them. Container manufacturers and other suppliers tried their hand at selling turnkey and full service projects. Software companies in the waste market viewed this development as a threat. So suppliers attempted to create some exclusivity. Software and hardware were developed in such a way that interoperability with other systems could only be achieved through their own software. As a result, collaboration on projects often proved difficult in practice.
An obvious change in the specified situation can occur only if parties are jointly willing to accept responsibility for a total solution. Only then will investments in waste systems become fully usable and start turning a profit. This approach has proved itself in practice and will develop further under the name EcoConnect.
The waste market in the Netherlands is a small world. Everyone knows each other and everyone knows that finding an effective answer to integration issues should be the topic of the day. The efficiency between delivery, cleansing services, hauliers, treatment plants, disposal sites and automated systems can and should improve. Everyone is aware of this, but implementation of projects in practice still seems to be coupled with unnecessary costs, annoyances and loss of time. A number of suppliers recognised this problem and joined forces under the name EcoConnect.
Together they forged sweeping arrangements on the integration of systems and joint responsibility in automation projects, cleansing services, commercial waste collections, in-transit stations, treatment plants and end-disposal sites. A particularly positive development, for both the clients as well as for the participating companies.
The foregoing parties are committed to providing solutions that in reality will foster integration in the waste chain. In their contacts with the clients, they will always provide advice from the perspective of an integrated system. The participants will focus on their core competencies. Other activities will be left to other partners. The collaboration is not, by definition, exclusive. The client’s interest and requirements will always take priority.
On the website, you will find a detailed description of all participants