Allegheny County has contracted with a new recycling hauler — one that employs “Uber-like” technology.
Downtown-based RoadRunner Recycling uses a web-based application to communicate hauling routes to small-fleet truck drivers who have empty truck beds and downtime to make some extra money.
“We tap into an excess capacity of trucking assets that are already in a city,” said RoadRunner CEO Graham Rihn. “We built software to say ‘OK, this hotel produces 18 yards a month of cardboard. Let’s make sure those 18 yards of cardboard are routed and hauled to where it’s sold.’”