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Measure Waste Levels in Dumpsters (Cancelled)


Facilities & Services Waste Management handles trash and recycling pick-up for the majority of campus facilities.  The exterior garbage and recycling dumpsters are emptied on a regular schedule, by campus drivers working for the Waste Transfer Station. 

F&S is implementing a six month pilot program to install monitoring sensors on the lift arms of one waste hauling truck.



As of Fall 2014, there was no tracking for the waste volumes within individual trash or recycling dumpsters. In 2015, a pilot project was completed using enevo sensors to measure waste levels in dumpsters. The resulting data was useful, but at the time trucks were on fixed routes and suggested efficiency improvements could not be implemented. The FY19 pilot puts sensors on trucks, rather than on each dumpster. Truck route optimization is the key goal.

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Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Pete Varney

    Team Members:

    • Morgan White
    • Shawn Patterson

    Prior Contacts:

    • Shantanu Pai
    • Maddy Liberman


  • Proposed November 14, 2014
    Proposed by Shantanu Pai
    Approved December 12, 2014
    Approved by Tracy Osby
    Started September 12, 2018
    Started by Pete Varney
    Completed by NOT Completed -- Stalled due to complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic


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