Municipality of Aveiro is the first using PAYT solution

Portugal has very low recycling rates when compared with other European countries. Although it is not a problem of infrastructure, it is a behavioural issue of citizens who do not recycle waste, thus increasing the amount of waste in landfills. 
In order to change mentalities, the European project LIFE PAYT was created and Aveiro was the pilot city for the implementation of the PAYT (pay-as-you-throw) solution.

Summary Table

Sector Cities
Companies Involved Aveiro City Council Aveiro University Citibrain Proef Ubiwhere
Location Bairro da Forca-Vouga, Aveiro
Solutions Used Smart Waste

Global Numbers

55 LIFEPAYT started in September 2016 and ended on 31 March 2021 (55 months)
2.5M€ Overall budget of the project
5 Cities where the project took place: Aveiro, Condeixa e Lisboa, Vrilissia e Lárnaca

The Challenge

Waste prevention, reuse and selective collection of waste
LIFE PAYT objectives - Reduce waste from households and businesses;

- Increase recycling rates of packaging waste;

- Demonstrate that PAYT is reliable, changing the mindset of local decision makers in Southern European Municipalities, resulting in benefits and contributing to the implementation of EU environmental strategies and objectives;

- Promote replication of the concept to other regions facing the same problems.
Location for the implementation Bairro da Forca-Vouga em Aveiro

Our solution

Under the implementation of the Life Payt pilot project, the Municipality of Aveiro installed, in the Forca-Vouga neighbourhood, containers that can only be opened with an electronic card.
Using the state-of-art app associated with common waste containers (Smart Waste Solution), it became possible to monitor the amount of municipal waste deposited by each household and to identify who deposited it.

Whenever waste is deposited, the card stores this information which is then sent to the management platform's cloud for processing. Subsequently, a simulated monthly invoice is created and sent together with the monthly water bill, allowing each household to only pay for what they "threw away".
Collection points ​ Containers have sensors that inform the system about their occupancy level and the detection of anomalies, or fires​​
Pickup trucks ​ Run the most efficient route, lowering fuel costs​​
Door-to-door collection ​ Order management to optimize, prioritize and schedule routes​​


Célia Ferreira Dias:
"People will start looking at the garbage and waste they produce differently."