In 1989, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors mandated a goal of 75% waste diversion for all of San Francisco by the year 2010 and zero waste by 2020. Recology had to implement a radical plan to revamp its operations and convert its waste collection systems from a garbage and recycling bin-based system to a garbage, recycling, and organics waste system. This dramatic change required management to overhaul their entire routing system.
Recology implemented RouteSmart in their San Francisco office to efficiently reroute their new fleet soon after the California mandate was passed. RouteSmart was the only system that met their needs because it had a focus on really dense residential routing and could help them navigate a dense city with a geography that included very steep hills and tight alleyways.
Recology was able to help the city reach a 52% recycling goal in 2002 by switching to dual collection vehicles and optimizing the new fleet with RouteSmart. San Francisco now diverts 80% of all waste generated by the city away from landfill disposal through source reduction, reuse, and recycling and composting programs. The city’s partnership with Recology and its advanced waste reduction programs have helped San Francisco become the Greenest City in North America and receive a perfect score for resource recovery and recycling in the 2011 Siemens Green City Index.