Sotkon Waste Systems

Sotkon Waste Systems

Sotkon is a global provider of underground waste recycling containers for use in public and private areas. The technology is very simple and cost effective and the system is extremely efficient. 3000 litre plastic containers are housed in a concrete bunker just below the surface. Usually in banks of 4 or 5, they enable the people using them to recycle and separate at source. This in turn enables the RCV to cover a much greater area as the containers need emptying less often than conventional containers. All that is seen on the surface is a smart stainless steel intake column which is similar in looks to a small bin with a lid.

Company details

Rua Manuel Pinto Azevedo, 711 - 1 Tras. , Porto , 4149-010 Portugal
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Waste Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €


Sotkon is the market leader in Iberia in underground containers for the selective collection of household refuse. The company prides itself on the sustainable pathway it has followed in terms of growth and its standing in this area.


  • The first idea for an underground container was conceive in the early nineties. The company currently holds various patents relative to the system;
  • In 2008 ASFC – SGPS, SA acquired MBE-Sotkon in Spain and José Manuel Novo in Portugal, with the intention of developing this pioneering concept and broad it application in large scale.
  • More than 12,000 containers were installed in Spain and Portugal up till 2007;
  • International expansion begins in 2008 and nowadays we count more than 20.000 kits in 12 countries.

Vision and Mission
We are a group of companies aiming to become the world's most recognized company in the sector. This aim can only be achieved by careful execution of our mission, which is to offer the best solution for temporary storage of solid urban waste, while remaining attractive to customers, employees and shareholders.

We build the company’s future based on trust and social responsibility developing excellence in team work, respecting the individuality; respecting the environment; fulfilling in total the applicable laws and regulations. Sotkon help customers efficiency, caring for their needs.  

Sotkon focus on a continuous innovation and improvement of the product in order to present the most efficient response to the market needs.

The Group’s consolidated turnover increased by about 67% in 2011, reaching a level that represents more than twice that of 2009.

As a result of this strategy, 64% of the Sotkon Group’s turnover was generated outside the iberian market, following an upward curve that we expect to maintain in the future.

The Sotkon system is a simple, attractive, cost effective recycling system. Its advantages are clear.

In cities which have a high number of Sotkon containers, the economic advantages are evident with operational cost reductions of over 30% compared with the period prior installations. This is supported by proven data from local authority operating experience.

Separation at Source
By separating waste at source, the volume of recyclables is increased and costs of further separation are reduced. Provided that the users of the containers are presented with clearly marked points of disposal the concept of separation at source is well accepted. The Sotkon system by definition encourages increased and better separation.

Flexible & Adaptable
The unique patented design allows easy adaptation to the characteristics of the surrounding terrain. It is extremely easy to overcome any barriers created by underground cables or pipes. Steep gradients or undulating ground do not present a problem for Sotkon.

The Sotkon system has been designed with ergonomics, ease of use and health and safety in mind. It is important that the installations are harmonious with their surroundings; it is possible to have bespoke designs for particular situations such as historic town centers.

Long Life
The materials used, surface treatment, quality of manufacture and design give the Sotkon system a long life. Critical to this design is the integral seal and channel which eliminates water ingress.

Can Use Existing Fleet
Since the collection can be carried out using existing vehicles, there is no need for substantial investment to support the installation of the Sotkon system. This means that traditional waste systems can be used alongside the Sotkon system, with the same collection vehicle.

The Sotkon system is modular and allows the addition of different and complimentary options at any time; from access control, restriction of volume per opening; easy exchange systems; to monitoring the level of loading of the containers.

Installation of the Sotkon system is simple, fast and low cost.

The system is designed to enable installation of deposit points in various parts of the public thoroughfare. The number of units and available space determine the form of the deposit points.

Installation can be completed by just two operators.