Dive Brief: Waste and recycling tech company Rubicon Global announced it will deploy its proprietary technology, RUBICONSmartCity, this week in Montgomery, AL through a public-private partnership.
Rubicon has deployed its smart city technology in more than 20 cities across six states.
Montgomery is the latest addition to the list of cities and private fleets that are utilizing Rubicon’s smart city applications, and the program will only continue to grow.
Michael Allegretti, senior vice president of policy and strategic initiatives at Rubicon, told Waste Dive in April the company would even like to make the smart city tech an additional service that companies can offer in a request for proposals process.
“I want our independent haulers to be able to compete against the biggest players in the industry for residential franchise agreements,” he said when explaining the value of collection data that can in-turn offer insights into a city’s waste stream.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange praised the Rubicon partnership due to its potential to “Save taxpayer resources.” The mayor also announced that the city reached an agreement with RePower South to reopen the city’s recycling facility, which is expected to create 60 “Green jobs” and position the city as a leader in environmental sustainability.
As an initiative that is increasing energy efficiency and advancing Montgomery’s status as a “Smart city.”