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Challenge

A property investment and portfolio management company revitalized one of the largest, most iconic buildings in Manhattan, at 111 8th  Avenue. The building was generating a significant amount of waste, and operations was no longer content to simply remove trash. It needed greater transparency into its waste removal and recycling processes in order to achieve its sustainability goals.

RTS Solution

Optimize Route Logistics

RTS established real-time communications between its drivers and the building operations team, which removed guess work around truck arrival and delivery completion times. Confirmation of truck arrival gave on-site staff early notification to clear the dock space and prepare materials for removal, allowing the driver and the on-site staff to reduce pickup times. Over time, routing optimization resulted in better allocation of resources and more effective staffing plans.

Consolidate and Measure Recycling Data

RTS software provided historical waste collection data, giving operations accurate information and new insight into what material was being removed and where it was being delivered. This process ultimately increased efficiency in the building’s waste and recycling streams and eliminated unwarranted service pickups.

Customize Sorting Options

To simplify the process for collecting organic materials, RTS provided specific containers for food waste and dispatched trucks dedicated to organic waste removal. Based upon RTS’s relationships with best practice partners, including local area haulers, recycling facilities and organics waste processing facilities, food waste was diverted away from landfills and sent to appropriate facilities.

RTS clearly understood our recycling challenges and waste inefficiencies. By leveraging their technology, we’re in a better position to increase our recycling, reduce hauling costs, and improve our sustainability efforts. Most importantly, RTS gave us the ability to track our waste management activities on one platform and use a standard set of metrics, making it easier to share and report information.
– Client Sustainability Director

Outcomes

Reduced Emissions

Shorter loading times and more efficient truck operation achieved the equivalent of removing emissions from 531 passenger vehicles, annually.

Food Waste Diversion

More than 2 million pounds of compost was diverted from landfills per year.

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