|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the Portal Quick Start Guide, which contains detailed information on using the portal.
Hours - Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.