San Francisco successfully reduced overflowing waste by 80%, cut down on illegal dumping by 64%, and reduced the number of street cleaning requests by 66% thanks to smart sensors and data insights provided by the Nordsense solution.
In the USA, the city of San Francisco was struggling to cope with 10,000 public complaints about dirty and unsanitary streets every year and growing cleaning costs. The Department of Public Works needed a solution to address citizen complaints and provide people with a cleaner city experience.
A Cleaner City with a Data-Driven Approach to Waste Management
Nordsense was brought onboard to help the city mitigate overflowing waste containers, optimize the placement of bins, and improve collection routes. Sensors were initially installed in 48 of the city’s 3,800 public street bins and a data-oriented approach was embedded into the city’s waste services. The impact was felt immediately – San Francisco successfully reduced overflowing waste by 80%, illegal dumping decreased by 64%, and the number of street cleaning requests fell by 66%.