Smart Recy­cling

Hauru’s Smart Recy­cling & Inno­va­tion on the Beach –sys­tem in the Bät­tre Folk Fes­ti­val

Hau­ru test­ed their solu­tion for the opti­miza­tion of waste man­age­ment with real-time infor­ma­tion col­lect­ed with sen­sors on waste bins in the Hailu­o­to Bät­tre Folk Fes­ti­val. A new recy­cling point was used in the festival’s camp­ing as well as portable waste bins. In the tri­al, cal­cu­la­tion of the recy­cling rate was suc­ces­ful, recy­cling was more effi­cient and the staff’s work­load became lighter.

Inno­va­tion Tri­al

The goal of the Bät­tre Folk Festival’s waste col­lec­tor Hauru’s inno­va­tion tri­al was to boost recy­cling and increase the recy­cling rate with the help of a waste man­age­ment plan as well as increas­ing the respon­si­bil­i­ty of fes­ti­val camp­ing by mak­ing waste col­lec­tion and recy­cling eas­i­er. It is pos­si­ble to reduce the festival’s car­bon foot­print with these meth­ods: with the help of cal­cu­la­tion the event orga­niz­er can col­lect exact infor­ma­tion about the car­bon foot­print caused by waste man­age­ment.

Hau­ru test­ed their Smart Recy­cling & Inno­va­tion On The Beach solu­tion that uses sen­sors that col­lect real-time infor­ma­tion from waste bins and help with the opti­miza­tion of waste man­age­ment with data sent into the appli­ca­tion. A new waste col­lec­tion point was devel­oped in the camp­ing area and mul­ti­ple portable Mini-Hau­ru waste bins were dis­trib­uted to the atten­dees to reduce lit­ter­ing. Feed­back was also col­lect­ed.


Hauru’s smart sen­sors on waste bins were used for the first time at 5‑minute data trans­mis­sion inter­vals – nor­mal­ly the inter­val is 2–4 hours. The reli­a­bil­i­ty was 100 %. The staff were also pleased and they found the appli­ca­tion use­ful espe­cial­ly out­side the fes­ti­val area: there was no need for use­less inspec­tion vis­its and time was saved for oth­er tasks.

The recy­cling point devel­oped for the camp­ing site was also suc­cess­ful and the cal­cu­la­tion of the area’s recy­cling rate suc­ceed­ed well. It will work as a basis for the design of waste man­age­ment for the com­ing years. The cal­cu­lat­ed recy­cling rate of the camp­ing area was 16,90 %, spec­i­fied with the sen­sors 15,60 %. Valu­able expe­ri­ence was gained with the use of Mini-Hau­ru waste bins: in the future they should be pre­pared in the camp­ing site to make their use eas­i­er.

The atten­dees found the recy­cling at the event fun. Accord­ing to the encour­ag­ing feed­back, the fes­ti­val atten­dees think that recy­cling is the part of respon­si­ble cus­tomers. The best trash is col­lect­ed trash!