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SIGUREC: Smart machines for recyclable waste

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SIGUREC is the most advanced household waste collection service currently operating in Romania.

It is a broad initiative, implemented following an official agreement between private companies and public authorities, specifically the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, municipalities and recyclers.

SIGUREC machines are often located in supermarket car parks and collect various types of waste. These include plastic packaging, paper, aluminum cans, glass, batteries, light bulbs and neon lighting units. If the object to be discarded is too big to bring to the machine (a fridge, for instance), people can ask for a SIGUREC vehicle to collect it from their address.

The machines are fully automated and easy to use. Once waste is fed into the machine, it sorts, counts and weighs the individual pieces automatically. After receiving the waste, the machine distributes vouchers according to waste types and quantities. The vouchers can be redeemed in partner stores. This encourages people to discard their recyclable material properly rather than dumping it by the side of the road or river.

Main results: 

To date, SIGUREC machines have assembled the following amounts of recyclable materials:

  • 39 699 tonnes of plastic/PET
  • 1164 tonnes of aluminium
  • 14 796 tonnes of glass
  • 1781 tonnes of paper
  • 15 640 tonnes of other materials.