Urban Waste Collection

Companies located in city centres generate high volumes of different kinds of waste. Local authorities are imposing more and more restrictions to company vehicles in cities. Urban waste collection is thereby becoming more and more difficult. To increase efficiency, investments in technology and material are necessary. But how do companies handle this and which investments are needed? The VIL project ‘Urban Waste Collection’ is looking for answers to these questions.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

The collection of company waste is executed by specialised waste companies. These parties are being confronted with a proliferation of rules imposed by local authorities: time windows, low emission zones, banning of heavy traffic, speed limites, circulation plans, … From a logistic point of view, waste collection is getting more and more difficult.

With this project VIL means to bring the involved stakeholders together to work out and test cost-effective, practicable and widely supported logistic solutions.


The logistic concepts will be usable in all Flemish cities.

From a social point of view, this project contributes to the liveability in Flemish cities and offers perspectives for a maximum recovery of urban waste.




  • From a logistical point of view, waste collection is getting more and more difficult. Waste companies are being confronted with a proliferation of rules imposed by city administrations, having local emphasis like: time frames, low-emission zones, access ban for heavy freight traffic, circulation plans,… There is a lack of uniformity and the rules tend to change rapidly.
  • During this project VIL analyzed the biggest issues with 13 companies active in city waste collection.
  • Nine possible solutions were put forward to address the problem: from hubs in the outskirts of the cities, to an Uber-concept for waste. The concept of a neutral ‘white’ garbage truck seemed like the most feasible solution. This concept was further developed in a pilot where friendly competitors cooperated to collect city waste.
  • Participants SUEZ and Renewi developed the project ‘Collecting together for you’. The aim was to collect waste in East Flanders using truck with a collective logo.
  • The fact that competitors are willing to work together to serve their customers more efficiently in a particular geographic region, can be considered as a milestone.



VIL members can download the report (in Dutch) via the VIL library. Non-members can purchase it via our webshop

Practical details

Start: april 2018
Total lead time: 27 months

Participating companies

Thirteen companies: Bebat, IMOG, INOVIM, IVAGO, IVBO, MCA Recycling, Mirom (Milieuzorg Roeselare en Menen), Recupel, Renewi, stad Genk, stad Mechelen, Suez en Vanheede Environmental Group.


VITO, an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of cleantech and sustainable development, is partner in this project.

Advisory group

VIL can count on the support of Go4Circle, MOW, OVAM, Val-i-Pac en VVSG (Vereniging van Vlaamse Steden en Gemeenten).



Press (in Dutch)

09/06/2020 – VIL persbericht – Primeur: Concurrenten werken samen om stedelijk bedrijfsafval op te halen

29/05/2018 – VIL persbericht – Ophaling bedrijfsafval in de stad: op zoek naar oplossingen


VIL stands for a strong logistical Flanders

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