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  • Governer Partner :City of Syracuse
  • Department :Department of Public Works
  • Category :Public Safety, Resident Engagement, Resiliency

Project Summary

Data analytics platform for waste management.

Challenge Details

The City of Syracuse needs a way to measure the amount of trash, debris, and yard waste picked up at each property.  A system would need to identify each property that a sanitation truck serves (the trucks have Verizon GPS on them, but that doesn’t pull to a specific parcel).  The system would also need to quantify the amount of waste that is picked up at each property. The waste data and location data would need to be digitized, and stored in a way that the City could access it.  In addition to a collection platform, the system should also be able to review the trash pick-up data and update routes based upon it. Finally, the system should flag properties that set out too much trash or have other waste related violations.


This is needed because the City of Syracuse does not collect or use data to inform decision making related to trash pick-up.  As a result, the City does not know how much trash, recycling, debris, or waste is picked up in different areas of the City. Trash routes, staffing, and vehicles are not optimized.  And there are no consequences for people who violate the waste related rules and laws.


This system would provide many benefits, including right-sizing operations, saving money, reducing carbon emissions, and helping reach the City’s sustainability goals.  It would collect and store data about trash quantity that could be used internally or stored on the open data portal. It would allow DPW to re-evaluate and update sanitation routes, and increase productivity with increased route efficiency and better utilization of equipment.  Ultimately, all of these factors would allow us to conduct a cost analysis, and save money, and perhaps even increase revenues associated with illegal set-out fines.


Additionally, it would impacts citizens.  Specifically, it would benefit neighbors who live next to people who regularly set out too much trash.  If the City were able to use data to enforce local rules regarding trash set-out it would improve quality of life for people in the neighborhoods and help keep the neighborhoods clean.