Recycling & Contamination | 10.29.20

Buzz Buzz: Contamination Has Been Identified in Your Recycling Dumpster

by Ben Morton

Recycling & Contamination | 10.29.20

Buzz Buzz: Contamination Has Been Identified in Your Recycling Dumpster

by Ben Morton

Buzz Buzz: Contamination Has Been Identified in Your Recycling Dumpster

These days, it’s hard to come by a product or service that isn’t offering personalized, real-time alerts and notifications to make our lives simpler, easier and streamlined. Do these sound familiar?

  • “Your Amazon package was delivered at 5:01pm. Here’s a photo of it on your porch.”
  • “We detected suspicious activity. Did you just make a charge at Nordstrom for $45.99?”
  • “Your delivery from Bob’s Burritos is getting closer. Please meet your delivery driver, Rachel, at your door.”
  • “The latest season of Ozark is now streaming. Watch it now!”

So how does this relate to managing my business’ waste?

Now, you can also get personalized text messages and emails when unwanted material, or contamination, enters a commercial dumpster, so timely, corrective action can be taken. 

Content and contamination identification is one of four key data categories Compology’s in-dumpster cameras and artificial intelligence automatically capture, in addition to fullness, location, and pickup activity.

Getting notifications when contamination enters your waste streams can have a valuable downstream impact on your business and bottom line.

Here’s how contamination identification notifications help businesses save on waste collection costs and meet their Zero Waste goals:

Reduce Waste Costs

  1. Reduce contamination fines: Highly tailored data and images improve education effectiveness by alerting and encouraging on-site team members to take immediate action before being fined for having contamination in their dumpsters.
  2. Minimize inefficient or unnecessary pickups: Uncollapsed cardboard boxes are the biggest driver and pain point in creating “artificial fullness,” or making a dumpster appear to be full and ready for pickup when it still has plenty of space. This drives collection costs up by unnecessarily increasing your service needs. Identifying and avoiding uncollapsed cardboard box disposal helps you rightsize your service needs and control costs.

Drive towards Zero Waste

  1. Clean up your streams and increase diversion rates: Automatically identify 7+ categories of content and contamination, and use the data to take tailored actions to reduce contamination and produce cleaner recycling streams, improving practices across your organization to divert contaminated material from landfills. Understand which material types are contaminating each stream by container, location, and in aggregate to educate on-site teams and improve diversion rates.
  2. Improve transparency and compliance: Accurate data and insightful metrics help you deliver informative Sustainability and CSR reports to your stakeholders, and import waste and recycling metrics into any sustainability tracking program. Transparency about efficient and sustainable waste operations lead to brand favorability.

Ready to see an example of the alerts?

Here’s a preview of the email you or any team member would receive:

Example contamination alert email

And take a look at the text message you can receive:

If your business has cost savings or Zero Waste goals, please reach out to our team and we’d be happy to tell you more about our alerting capabilities or provide a demo. If you’re a current Compology customer already leveraging contamination identification, you can sign up for alerts at any time in your Compology dashboard.

These days, it’s hard to come by a product or service that isn’t offering personalized, real-time alerts and notifications to make our lives simpler, easier and streamlined. Do these sound familiar?

  • “Your Amazon package was delivered at 5:01pm. Here’s a photo of it on your porch.”
  • “We detected suspicious activity. Did you just make a charge at Nordstrom for $45.99?”
  • “Your delivery from Bob’s Burritos is getting closer. Please meet your delivery driver, Rachel, at your door.”
  • “The latest season of Ozark is now streaming. Watch it now!”

So how does this relate to managing my business’ waste?

Now, you can also get personalized text messages and emails when unwanted material, or contamination, enters a commercial dumpster, so timely, corrective action can be taken. 

Content and contamination identification is one of four key data categories Compology’s in-dumpster cameras and artificial intelligence automatically capture, in addition to fullness, location, and pickup activity.

Getting notifications when contamination enters your waste streams can have a valuable downstream impact on your business and bottom line.

Here’s how contamination identification notifications help businesses save on waste collection costs and meet their Zero Waste goals:

Reduce Waste Costs

  1. Reduce contamination fines: Highly tailored data and images improve education effectiveness by alerting and encouraging on-site team members to take immediate action before being fined for having contamination in their dumpsters.
  2. Minimize inefficient or unnecessary pickups: Uncollapsed cardboard boxes are the biggest driver and pain point in creating “artificial fullness,” or making a dumpster appear to be full and ready for pickup when it still has plenty of space. This drives collection costs up by unnecessarily increasing your service needs. Identifying and avoiding uncollapsed cardboard box disposal helps you rightsize your service needs and control costs.

Drive towards Zero Waste

  1. Clean up your streams and increase diversion rates: Automatically identify 7+ categories of content and contamination, and use the data to take tailored actions to reduce contamination and produce cleaner recycling streams, improving practices across your organization to divert contaminated material from landfills. Understand which material types are contaminating each stream by container, location, and in aggregate to educate on-site teams and improve diversion rates.
  2. Improve transparency and compliance: Accurate data and insightful metrics help you deliver informative Sustainability and CSR reports to your stakeholders, and import waste and recycling metrics into any sustainability tracking program. Transparency about efficient and sustainable waste operations lead to brand favorability.

Ready to see an example of the alerts?

Here’s a preview of the email you or any team member would receive:

Example contamination alert email

And take a look at the text message you can receive:

If your business has cost savings or Zero Waste goals, please reach out to our team and we’d be happy to tell you more about our alerting capabilities or provide a demo. If you’re a current Compology customer already leveraging contamination identification, you can sign up for alerts at any time in your Compology dashboard.

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