Technology suite from Rubicon helps city governments run more sustainable waste and recycling operations
Designed to improve service and reduce costs, RUBICONSmartCity equips city partners with a full-service software system for managing municipal waste and recycling collection in residential and commercial settings.
Waste and recycling collection is one of the largest annual expenses that city governments face. The data and insights collected by RUBICONSmartCity deliver direct taxpayer savings for cities. Rubicon's inaugural Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report highlighted the potential for over $200 million in taxpayer savings across American cities during a ten-year time horizon.
Through its partnership with Rubicon and the deployment of RUBICONSmartCity, the City of Montgomery, AL earned a Smart 50 Award, a program which annually recognizes the 50 most transformative smart city projects across the world.
"Rubicon's mission is to end waste, in all of its forms," said Michael Allegretti, Chief Strategy Officer at Rubicon. "By offering RUBICONSmartCity on the Geotab Marketplace, our goal is to help current and prospective customers streamline their waste and recycling operations to accomplish sustainability goals, especially now, as so many cities are operating remotely and seeking immediate solutions for remote fleet management."
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.