Miami signs Smart City Contract with Rubicon

  • April 19, 2023
  • William Payne

Digital marketplace for recycling Rubicon Technologies has entered into a three-year smart city partnership with Miami to enhance its residential waste and recycling services.

Miami’s Department of Solid Waste is adopting Rubicon’s smart city software. Rubicon will help the city transition from largely manual and paper-based processes to a fully digital operation as part of Miami’s resilience planning efforts. The city will use Rubicon’s technology to balance its waste and recycling routes to streamline collection, track material and tonnage on its bulky trash routes, and reduce missed pick-ups and unnecessary go-backs.

With newly-created routes in place, the Department of Solid Waste will be able to closely monitor route performance, identify areas where waste and recycling services can be improved, and make data-driven decisions to enhance route efficiency and better serve the Miami community.

“The goal of Miami’s Department of Solid Waste is to promote a safe, clean, and healthy environment while delivering a comprehensive, cost-effective, and environmentally sound solid waste management service for our residents,” said Francis X Suarez, Mayor of Miami. “I look forward to working with Rubicon alongside the great men and women of our Department of Solid Waste to improve our city’s operations and give the residents of Miami the most efficient waste and recycling collection experience possible.”

In conjunction with the City’s work with Rubicon, Miami has set itself the aim of becoming the most sustainable city in the world. The City has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, and in 2022 it announced that it had achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. LEED, created by the US Green Building Council, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system.

“Rubicon is dedicated to helping cities become smarter, more efficient, and more effective,” said Conor Riffle, Senior Vice President of Smart Cities at Rubicon. “Miami is one of our country’s most unique and culturally significant cities, it is a global tech hub, and we are thrilled to bring Rubicon’s unique technology to the City to power a core service: waste and recycling collection. Rubicon’s technology products will help the City of Miami better understand and meet its citizens’ needs, create a stronger economy, and be more prepared for future challenges.”

RUBICONSmartCity is a proprietary, cloud-based technology suite that helps local governments run faster, smarter, and more effective waste, recycling, and heavy-duty municipal fleet operations. RUBICONSmartCity monitors vehicle health, improving driver behaviour, and ensuring that materials are collected efficiently.