Compology brings AI-powered waste metering to multifamily housing market
For decades, multifamily property owners have been able to meter their water, electricity and gas consumption. Now, they can meter their waste and recycling to save on costs and drive toward waste diversion goals through a new partnership between Compology, the only provider of AI-powered waste metering, and Realpage, a provider of software and data analytics to the global real estate sector.
While the new partnership marks waste metering's entry into the multifamily market exclusively through RealPage, Compology also works with a portfolio of Fortune 1000 clients with substantial real estate footprints including Nordstrom, Capital One, ADT Security and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
"Compology's integration offering enables industry leaders, like RealPage, to flexibly and seamlessly integrate automated waste metering into their existing platforms," said Ben Chehebar, Chief Product Officer of Compology. "We're excited for the positive results RealPage will deliver to the Multifamily market, and we look forward to expanding waste metering's impact in the commercial space, too."
Waste metering can help any property owner or manager monitor and analyze exactly how much waste each building is producing and then match collection frequency to their actual needs (rightsizing), mitigate overage and contamination fines, and in turn, reduce annual collection costs to improve the net operating income and overall value of the property.
For example, an average 250-unit apartment community typically has 12 dumpsters, costing the property $30,000 to $40,000 per year for waste collection and fines. Waste metering will allow properties to reduce these costs up to 40 percent.
Sustainability for the multifamily market
Remote dumpster visibility helps identify and reduce contamination in waste and recycling streams, improve diversion rates from landfills and satisfy resident demand for transparency and sustainability which lead to higher rents and better resident retention.
"The waste & recycling industry has seen a major movement towards the need for increased transparency due to changes in consumer sentiment, new regulations and a volatile economic environment" says Jason Gates, CEO and Cofounder of Compology. "Waste metering meets the needs of the market by enabling operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. We're thrilled to partner with a forward thinker like RealPage to bring visibility and cost savings to the Multifamily housing industry."
The RealPage and Compology collaboration helps buildings meet the ever-growing requirements of GRESB reporting and government mandates while importing new waste metrics into EnergyStar's Portfolio Manager.
"The partnership with Compology elevates the value we provide to our customers," says Jason Lindwall, Senior Vice President of Utility Management at RealPage. "We expect our new Waste Management Solution will cut customers' waste program expenditures by more than 40%. Because it's also paired with our unmatched utility data, it will transform the way Multifamily communities can sustainably manage their properties while realizing huge cost savings."
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.