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Mobility Measure

A new “smart” UCO collection system, integrating a web-based monitoring platform to optimise collection procedure has been launched in Rethymno, including 30 new collection points. New collection bins with smart sensors are installed and dedicated signage was designed to promote proper disposal.
Cooperative Mobility - Business case of UCO-to-Biodiesel chain – Demonstration on an urban waste collection truck

Rethymno aims to define an operational scheme for implementing the full UCO-to-biodiesel chain. The measure includes the expansion and improvement of the existing used cooking oil (UCO) collection system and a small-scale pilot project demonstrating the transformation of UCO to biodiesel. New collection points will be introduced involving smart sensors at UCO collection containers, which will be monitored through a web-based platform. 

The platform allows for real-time monitoring of the fulfilment level and optimisation of the collector drivers' routes, whilst also providing alerts for incidents (e.g. theft, vandalism, reallocation of containers).  A small-scale autonomous production biodiesel unit will test the feasibility of a local business case and gauge whether UCO produced locally can also utilisded locally for the benefit of the local economy and environment.

Implementing sustainable mobility

The measure will promote the transformation of UCO collected from hotels, restaurants and households into biodiesel, introducing new business models and testing the potential to power the municipal fleet with locally produced biodiesel. The current collection points system will be expanded, and behavioural change campaigns launched to encourage the proper disposal  of UCO in households. This will include educational events in schools.

The measure aims to:

  • expand and improve the existing UCO collection system;
  • increase the amount of UCO collected and to limit environmental pollution resulting from the uncontrolled discharge of UCO;
  • raise awareness and promote the use of alternative fuels;
  • study the feasibility of a local UCO to biodiesel business case.

The main planned actions are:

  • Expansion of the existing collection points network.
  • Improvement of the UCO collection system with the inclusion of “smart” containers with attached sensors and an online monitoring platform.
  • Promotional campaign targeted at schools, households and HORECA to encourage and increase UCO collection.
  • The setting up of a demonstration project of biodiesel production from UCO.

How did the measure progress?

The activities implemented so far are:

  • Procurement of the smart sensors/bins and of a small-scale biodiesel production unit.
  • Location study for the new UCO collection bins, installation of 30 smart UCO containers in the municipality and dedicated signage informing people as to the proper disposal of UCO.
  • Development of a web-based platform for real-time monitoring and management of the UCO collection process.
  • MOU signed with the ΙnterMunicipal Waste Management Enterprise to support the pilot development.
  • Installation of the biodiesel production unit (pilot testing ongoing).
  • Engagement of schools, training and awareness campaign to promote UCO recycling.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected outcomes of the measure are:

  • Optimised UCO collection system through a web-based smart monitoring system.
  • 30 new smart UCO collection points.
  • A small-scale biodiesel production unit for demonstration.
  • Feasibility study for implementing the full UCO-to-biodiesel chain locally.
  • Increased rate of UCO recycling.

Basic Information

March 2017

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