Abstract::This research project entails working with a joint partnership between the City of Dubuque and IBM Research on the Smarter Discards Pilot Study. The purpose of this research has many concepts, but my main focus areas were with diversion strategies from the landfill. It was also to improve Dubuque residents’ awareness of the importance and opportunities for more effective discard management practices. There is an online portal that will allow residents to view and analyze their “behavior” with discarding materials. By increasing public awareness and further opportunities for residents to participate in curbside collection of recyclables, food scraps, yard scraps, and trash, we are trying to provide further opportunities for Dubuque to become a more sustainable and prosperous city. There will be RFID tags installed onto recycling and trash bins to collect and transmit data pertaining to physical amounts that are set out for curbside collection each week. This allowed us to analyze weekly performance for household’s trash to recyclables ratio, landfill diversion, and cost savings. Along with data collection on trash and recycling bins, we also created a Smarter Discards survey asking residents in this program seven recycling questions, seven behavior questions, and open ended questions for participants to leave any comments or suggestions they chose. Shown in these graphs are responses from these participants about the Smarter Discards Pilot Study.
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