Illegal Dumping Challenge

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Seeking low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region.

Following the success of the Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge, we are launching three new SBIR competitions in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.


We are now looking for smart, low-cost, highly innovative solutions to tackle the problem of illegal dumping across Dublin, to monitor and predict blocked gullies in high-risk flooding areas, and to design wayfinding solutions in the Dublin region.


As the capital of Ireland, the Dublin Region is home to over 1.3 million people (City and Suburbs, 2016 Census). And while local authorities no longer participate in domestic waste collection, they do continue to provide extensive waste and litter management services, right across the Dublin region.


The cost of illegal dumping across the Dublin region is now more than €1.5million euro per annum. However, these costs have the potential to increase as further implementation of EU regulations continues, and the cost of residential waste charges rise.


Despite numerous attempts and campaigns from local authorities, aimed at raising awareness of the problem of illegal dumping, there remains a failure to reduce the number of illegal dumping incidents across the Dublin region.


As a result, we are now seeking low cost, innovative, tech solutions in the form of products, services or applications to help tackle illegal dumping and fly-tipping efficiently and cost-effectively.



Simon Brock, Administrative Officer, Waste Management Services, Dublin City Council said about illegal dumping: “The problem of illegal dumping affects the urban, suburban and rural areas of the Dublin region. Finding solutions to this problem will not only improve the appearance and enjoyment of our environment but also reduce the significant costs associated with the removal and disposal of illegally dumped waste.”


A briefing session for all prospective applicants, held on 12th May, provided the opportunity to discuss the requirements of the brief with Enterprise Ireland and Smart Dublin.





The challenge is open for applications from 27th April until 12th June at noon.

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