|The City of Dubuque partnered with IBM Research in 2013 and 2014 on a project called Smarter Discards to track changes in residential waste diversion. The “actionable data” collected through this pilot is being 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 curbside collection 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.
For additional details on study findings, CLICK HERE to read the final report on the Smarter Discards Pilot Study.
|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.