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Software for garbage collection and lessons learned from the OSEPA project

The collection of garbage in the Belgian city Schoten was the responsibility of an external company. That company also made use of very expensive software which contained data of how often the garbage of the residents was offered and what size of bin they had.

Schoten decided to take the collection of garbage in his own hands to save costs. A local company was asked to provide an open source program in which all administrative data about garbage collection could be stored.

With the presentation about licensing held by Thomas Rosenfall at the OSEPA workshop in Malmo in mind, it was put in the specifications that the city of Schoten would be the owner of the intellectual property of the software. Other municipalities that would like to use the software may do this if they pay a fee that can cover part of the development.