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Allan Gerlat

May 31, 2012

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Recology Partners with IBM for Zero Waste in San Francisco

Recology Inc. is partnering with IBM to improve recycling, reduce landfill disposal and achieve zero waste in San Francisco by 2020.

The San Francisco-based waste and recycling firm Recology said in a news release it is using Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM’s Smarter Computing approach to information technology to manage data and better analyze the composition and quantity of San Francisco's waste stream. Using IBM's power system, Recology can pinpoint the location, types and amount of waste that need to be collected for sorting or composting. This allows Recology to identify the most effective recycling programs for different business districts and neighborhoods.

Recology is working on the project in collaboration with IBM business partner Key Info Systems.

San Francisco’s diversion rate has reached 78 percent, which it claims is the highest in the country. Recology offers 20 recycling programs in San Francisco, which it said is more than is offered in any other city.

"Cities are struggling with a wide range of challenges and threats to sustainability in their core operations," said George McGrath, Recology chief operating officer. "Our collaboration with IBM has helped us transform the programs we provide in San Francisco and, in turn, the very way people view bottles, coffee grounds, packaging, plastic bags, and other materials they generate every day."



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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