Smart bin sensors

We're putting smart sensors in bins across Edinburgh

As part of our work to become a Smart City, we’re installing 11,000 smart sensors in a range of communal and litter bins. This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Zero Waste Scotland. Read our Digital and Smart City strategy.

Smart bin sensors will help us keep a track of

  • if a bin is full
  • when they’re emptied
  • how often they’re used.

This will help make our neighbourhoods nicer places to live and protect our environment from litter. We will use this data to

  • create more efficient waste collection routes, helping us save fuel and allowing us to divert resources to other places
  • respond to full or overflowing bins more quickly.

What do bin sensors look like? 

In communal bins, sensors will be fixed to the inside of lids and are in a small grey box. In litter bins, sensors will be fixed to the back of the bin.

Where are we installing smart sensors? 

 We're rolling out sensors in phases and as of July 2022 we're starting the first phase of the project, with smart sensors in

  • litter bins in the Meadows and Lanark Road West
  • communal bins on Pitt Street.

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We're aiming to install all 11,000 smart sensors by Summer 2023. Sensors installation is supported by a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant as part of the ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City’ programme. City of Edinburgh Council will deliver three projects budgeted at £6.4m, of which £2.5m is part of the ERDF grant.