Are you a hauler rolling out a new organics recycling program or making drastic changes to your current recycling programs? Perhaps you are a municipal recycling coordinator, frustrated by the inconsistent adoption of recycling programs in your city? Are you a sustainably minded company that wishes to reduce your environmental footprint and avoid fees for contaminated recycling bins? If you answered yes to any of the above, then a robust and consistent dumpster audit and customer feedback system are necessary to ensure recycling success for your organization.

With the introduction of CScoreTM, Compology is standardizing the conversation around dumpster contamination. CScoreTM is a contamination assessment based on Compology’s automated detection of contamination in any given waste, recycling or organics stream.  With artificial intelligence, Compology identifies contamination by capturing photographs of the inside of dumpsters and using artificial intelligence to scan and identify contents. CScoreTM, combined with direct messaging and content images, lets haulers create a vital feedback loop with their customers about how to improve recycling habits and also allows those customers to share targeted information across their organizations.

Compology works with each customer to identify their specific contamination monitoring needs. Through their API, Compology can also work with customers’ existing operating systems to enhance functionality to include content recognition data and images. Using Compology to identify the severity of contamination across any number of dumpsters over any period of time, users can perform a variety of functions such as redirecting trucks, directly messaging customers and/or container owner via text or email, or adjusting rates based on the containers contamination level.

Amid drastic changes in recycling market conditions and no clear pathway towards domestic infrastructure development, it is time to rethink how we collect our recycling streams and what metrics we are tracking for success. An investment in tools to standardize measurement and reduce contamination now can result in huge savings at the processor, where many operators have implemented tiered pricing based on the level of contamination in the recycling load.

Written By

Rachel Oster, Principal, Diversion Strategies
Diversion Strategies is a full-service consulting firm based in Sacramento, California, supporting the solid waste and recycling industry’s growth. The Firm’s capabilities range from permitting and development of commercial infrastructure, to government advocacy, to facility operation and support.


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