Waste Streams

A concept for autonomous waste collection on the Amsterdam canals

Researchers at MIT and AMS Institute have developed an alternative strategy for garbage collection in the historic center of Amsterdam: the concept of Waste Streams, which is part of the Roboat project.

The famous Amsterdam Canals—a UNESCO heritage and known for its scenic views—are still marred by curbside trash. By bringing back the original purpose of the canals—access to the inner city for transport and collection of goods—the city’s water-rich infrastructure can be used to innovatively and efficiently manage the collection of household waste by using autonomous boats.



Roboat household waste collection