Digitising bulk waste collections


  1. Project timeline

This project, led by North Tyneside Council, will conduct an investigation into the use of machine learning to assess the variables of bulk waste collection. The objective is to develop a streamlined digital process that ensures the right service is in place to collect various types of large waste, reducing failure demand and the time taken for users to make a request.

If successful, this will help overcome barriers posed by set collection days and reduce the incidence of fly tipping.

A large section of the discovery will focus input from end users to explore 3 objectives:

  • is there user interest?
  • what technologies are the most suitable?
  • does the data agree the project is viable?

Project timeline

March 2023

The project is awarded £93,500 in funding through Round 6 of the Local Digital Fund to begin a discovery phase

May 2023

The project team made good use of their clinic with Local Digital, during which Local Digital helped the team to refine their focus and offered advice on how to attract the best candidates for their user researcher position. Alongside this, they are continuing to pull together the wider project team.