Nieuwegein: more waste in a smaller public space:

3 underground compactors

A few years ago, the entire centre of Nieuwegein was redeveloped. As a result, there were too few spaces reserved for waste containers. The solution was provided by underground compactors: the first was installed in 2013 and a further two followed.

Nieuwegein has a population of 61,000. Almost all the town’s residents live in heavily urbanised neighbourhoods. In the words of: Onno Stofberg, head of the RMN management team, consultants to the municipality of Nieuwegein.

What role do waste containers play in Nieuwegein?

“Nieuwegein is a dormitory town with a high population density. Residents in towns like this have limited space to store their waste. This means there must be other alternatives for them to get rid of their rubbish ‘quickly’. An adequate number of waste containers in public areas provide a solution to this.”

But nevertheless, problems resulted?

“Yes, they did. The entire centre of Nieuwegein was recently redeveloped. It was a big boost for the town, but one problem remained: there were too few spaces reserved for waste containers. What’s more, we could only use one existing container. That meant there was no way we could meet all the demand.”

“We can now cope with five times as much waste as before”

 

What was the solution you chose?

“We had an urgent need for a container in which we could collect guaranteed volumes of waste. With this in mind, we were informed about the underground compactor. Because of the compaction system in the containers, it’s possible to store up to five times more rubbish than with conventional waste containers.”

Onno Stofberg, head of the RMN management team, consultants to the municipality of Nieuwegein.

“The council hardly receive any complaints about rubbish any more”

Mission accomplished?

“Oh definitely, it turned out to be a great choice. We can get rid of so much more rubbish now, public areas are no longer eyesores and the council receives fewer complaints from residents. Disruptions are few and far between. No surprise that Nieuwegein later chose to install a further two Sidcon underground compactors at other locations!”

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