Reduce litter Duurzaamheid

Reduce litter by means of future technology

Description of challenge

On peak days (during major events or when temperatures exceed 70 °F) the municipality of Scheveningen deploys special beach cleaners nightly, places 300 extra trash cans on and around the beach, and extra city workers are asked to pick up trash as well. Still, a lot of litter remains, in part due to not being able to always empty all the full trash cans in time. Using Living Lab Scheveningen, our aim is to find a solution against litter – the development of innovative technology in particular, as current technology fails to remedy the issue.


What are we looking for?

We’re looking for innovative technologies to reduce litter around Noordboulevard and Zwartepad – in particular during peak moments. With technology, we refer to new innovations; technology that has yet to prove its worth. Piecemeal solutions are welcome as well. 


We’re looking for creators excited at the prospect of working at sea, near a lively boulevard and a parking lot that has its challenges. We’re looking to work with people who are willing to fail. We’re looking for innovators we can support in their aim to show the value of tomorrow’s technology.


Our main goal is a proven concept of a product that will find its way around the city and province.


What are we not looking for?

We are not looking for consultants to optimize the current process, nor do we look for students to simply fulfill a school assignment. When it comes to a current techniques of pressing litter into the trash cans, we found this to be an unfit solution due to malfunctions caused by sand and salt.





  • Smart City Municipality The Hague – project team Living Lab Scheveningen)
  • City management dept. municipality The Hague
  • Province of South Holland
  • T-Mobile
  • TU-Delft 
  • Locals and local business owners

An initiative of the municipality The Hague, Living Lab Scheveningen is located within the Noordboulevard and Zwartepad area in Scheveningen. It is a unique testing ground in public space with lots of grandeur and nature. Within its boundaries, you’ll find several Smart City Hubs* with fiberglass connectivity (compliments of T-Mobile) and power. We also collaborate with the province of South-Holland who represents 55 other municipalities. 


What can you win

In it for you: guidance, expose and financial aid. Apart from that, you may use the Smart City Hubs and the 5G network of T-Mobile. When proven successful, your product or technology will be a showcase for the municipality of The Hague, who wants to venture out into the rest of the city and the 55 other cities within the province of South Holland.