R&DE Zero-Waste student interns develop technology that measures dumpster usage

As part of their Zero-Waste internship with R&DE's Office of Sustainability and Utilities, Stanford students Ben Backus, ’20, and Nathan Poczekay, ’20 built a waste sensor for dumpsters. The sensor produces data that provides a better understanding of when, and how often, students are using the dumpster. This information in turn will allow the Office of Sustainability and Utilities to create better interventions to reduce student waste, a key effort in meeting Stanford's recent pledge to become a zero-waste campus by 2030. The sensor will also potentially create more efficient routes for haulers so they only need to empty dumpsters that are full.