Nuisance underground containers

Primary challenge owner: City of Emmen and City of Coevorden part of the Action program Impact Entrepreneurship within the Region Deal South- and East-Drenthe

Secondary challenge owner(s): None  



Underground containers are among some of the things used for waste collection. These are containers located below ground level, in which waste can be deposited using an ecocard. Only the insertion point is above ground and visible. Additional deposits at these underground containers cause a lot of nuisance. In this case, additional deposits is the waste that is illegally placed next to underground containers. This causes unhygienic conditions such as pollution and foul smells. Efforts are being made in various ways to counteract this nuisance, for example by deploying container gardens. This helps, but the desired effect has not yet been achieved. 


The question/challenge for startups

Develop a solution that will help curb the nuisance caused by the pooling of trash around underground containers. 



  • The solution should increase the awareness of residents that side deposits are undesirable and thus discourage side deposits.
  • The solution should fit well into the public area and not become a nuisance.
  • The challenge was submitted as part of the Action Program Impact Entrepreneurship, one of the projects of the Region Deal South and East Drenthe, and aims to contribute to encouraging entrepreneurship with impact in the region. Startups with a circular, social or other type of impact objective are preferred.


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