Belfast City Council is working with Queen’s University and local SME Litter Analytics on a collaborative urban waste pilot project that uses data from bin sensors to predict how quickly litterbins fill up, and how variables such as public holidays or weather might affect this.

The pilot will help the council to better understand how litter bins are being used and the information generated will provide predictive modelling to make litter bin collections on our streets more efficient, saving resources and ensuring optimal bin collection routes. The project will also help to inform the council about suitable locations for litter bins and the appropriate types and number of bins that are needed in a particular area.

The pilot is taking place in selected trial areas in Belfast during 2022 including Falls Park, Botanic Gardens, Antrim Road and Belfast city centre.