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How to make waste collection more efficient


Nuova C.Plastica Srl, a company in the province of Bologna specializing in the construction of molds and technical molding of plastic materials (injection and blow), tells us the fourth story.

The Environment Division of Nuova C.Plastica which since a long time has been involved in the design and production of containers for the separate collection of waste oils, has created OilPlan, a web system for the management and monitoring of collection stations.

Not only startups have innovation as their prerogative. Even companies with a solid history behind them can become protagonists of the transformation, innovate through the integration and contamination of different disciplines, rethinking their products and projecting their business towards an increasingly circular future.


Although not classified as "special hazardous waste", used vegetable oils require particular caution because, if dispersed into the environment, they can clog sewer systems, contaminate surface water, groundwater and the subsoil, with remarkable risks for the flora and fauna.

It is therefore essential to find solutions that increase the correct collection and delivery of this type of waste, through the distribution of suitable containers and intelligent services to support its management and monitoring.

Thus was born Oilplan, a technology based on dialogue with the collection container and the transmission of information on its status (e.g. geolocation, volume of oil contained, number of deliveries received, etc.).

Who can benefit from it?

  • users, who can easily identify the nearest collection station and better organize the delivery
  • waste collection companies that, based on the volumes of oil present in each station, can manage the emptying operation in an intelligent (i.e. only where needed) and economic (i.e. travel optimization) way and have information on any critical issues before arriving on site
  • local administrations, which can determine the exact quantity of daily collections, the status of each container, the number of the delivery and verify the work of the service manager

This innovative solution allows for a more efficient collection of waste, which is potentially harmful to the environment but, if correctly recovered, can turn into a new source of energy. This system applies to different types of containers and to any type of solid and liquid waste, allowing the processing of accurate statistics on separate collection, on the correct behavior of citizens, and much more.



Sustainable Development Goals

The initiative contributes to the achievement of some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Zero HungerDecent work and Economic growth