Smarter Discards

Smarter Discards logo The City of Dubuque partnered with IBM Research in a project called Smarter Discards to track changes in residential waste diversion. The “actionable data” collected through this pilot will be used in the City’s decision-making related to policies, staffing, and equipment related to improving discard (trash/recycling) management and diversion to beneficial use.

A goal of this project was to assist and incentivize our customers to improve diversion toward curbside recycling and composting to help achieve Dubuque’s sustainability commitments.
More than 300 Dubuque households volunteered to participate in the project by allowing their weekly trash, recycling, and food scraps/yard debris setout weights to be collected in anonymized form. IBM Research developed a website portal available to the volunteers to provide functionalities that included diversion tips for beneficial use, household goal challenges, available incentives, visualization of data over a period of time, insights into household discard patterns, and analytics that compare discard generation with other households with similar profiles. Access to the portal was provided for 9 months. 

Portal Access and User Guide:

Click here to access the portal. You will need to enter the user ID and password provided to you. If you need them sent again, please email

Click here for the Portal Quick Start Guide, which contains detailed information on using the portal.

Technical Support:
Phone: 563-690-6111
Hours - Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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CLICK HERE to submit a help request or provide feedback related to the Smarter Discards Pilot Study. 

CLICK HERE to notify us of an incorrect weight you viewed in the portal.

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is part of the Sustainable Dubuque initiative to make our community more sustainable through a three-part approach addressing economic prosperity, environmental and ecological integrity, and social and cultural vibrancy.
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