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. As of Fall 2014, there was no tracking for the waste volumes within individual trash or recycling dumpsters.
This pilot program will install wireless sensors in the dumpsters for a certain area on campus. The depth of the trash in the dumpsters will be shared online with the F&S personnel, which will allow data analysis of waste generation sites for the first time on campus at the large scale level. The pilot area is the land bordered by Goodwin Avenue, Illinois Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Oregon Street. This area includes 8 dumpsters.