Reducing the amount of rodents with IoT

Case study: Washington, D.C.

Clean CUBE solar-powered waste compactor in Washington, D.C.


  • The growing rodent population in the District is causing concern related to health and safety of its population & tourists.
  • Waste is inappropriately thrown away by local businesses and residents; main source of food for rodents.


  • 25 CleanCUBEs in SE/NW DC (Barrack's Row, Freedom Plaza and Indiana Ave).
  • 100 CleanCAPs to be installed with Downtown DC Business Improvement District in conjunction with Office of the CTO.
  • Monitor and analyze collection frequency to optimize collection workers' routes and downtime.


  • Identified most heavy waste generated locations and optimized collection frequency from 21 times a week to 3 times a week.
  • The local businesses where CleanCUBE has been deployed have seen a reduction in the number of rodent appearances.
  • Due to the less frequent collections, CleanCUBE has reduced the downtime of waste collectors to focus on secondary waste related issues.
Waste generation in Washington, D.C. Waste bins in Washington, D.C.
Solar-powered waste compactor bin in Washington, D.C.
Solar trash bin in Washington, D.C.