Rubicon Global, a company headquartered in Atlanta that provides methods designed to improve recycling efforts, has launched a public-private partnership with the Columbus Consolidated Government in Columbus, Georgia. Rubicon says this partnership will help to improve the city’s residential waste and recycling services through the use of new technology and data analytics.
The city of Columbus will begin using Rubicon’s proprietary cloud-based platform, including its mobile app and desktop vendor software. The technology will provide planning data to Columbus and enable it to assess its landfill diversion and recycling rates.
“Cities like Columbus are the backbone of our country—the places where a majority of Americans go to work, shop and increasingly live,” says Michael Allegretti, head of public policy for Rubicon. “This Smart Cities partnership will mean a more responsive and connected government that better serves the taxpayer. We are thrilled to partner with one of Georgia’s largest cities to demonstrate that technology and data can improve the quality of life in every corner of America.”
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says, “We are excited to partner with Georgia-based Rubicon Global and use their new technology to improve our waste and recycling services. It will allow us to more closely monitor and manage our operations, improve customer service and enhance quality of life.”
Smartphones loaded with the Rubicon hauler mobile app will be placed in the Columbus Consolidated Government Waste Collection Division’s entire fleet of waste and recycling vehicles. The city currently has about 75 vehicles that service more than 56,500 households. The Waste Collection Division also will use Rubicon’s desktop vendor portal that works with the mobile app to create operational efficiency, improve customer service and will ultimately lead to savings for taxpayers, according to Rubicon.
The technology also will provide the Columbus Consolidated Government with planning data, most notably by enabling real-time information on current landfill diversion and recycling rates. The data will help the city understand how to better focus its recycling education efforts, measure the carbon avoidance from recycling activities and determine vehicle emission reduction targets in Columbus’s waste fleet through route optimization and other features.
Rubicon says it has focused its efforts on expanding its work with municipalities. In the past few months, the company has launched technology partnerships with Atlanta and Santa Fe, New Mexico.