Zabble Zero

Setting Up Zabble Zero™ in Your Organization is Simple, Quick and Saves Time

January 8, 2021

Incorporating the Zabble Zero™ platform into your organization requires a small investment of time up front, and soon pays for itself in hours saved for staff and supervisors. And ultimately, places your organization on a successful path towards zero waste.

Here are the three steps to get setup:

1. Inform Zabble about your organization’s use case, which we’ll use to design a custom template in advance for your circumstances. 

2. Create your account and download the mobile app. 

Within the app, you’ll add basic info for your facility, such as bin location & size, acceptable or unacceptable items in each waste stream, and special events to trigger alerts (e.g. missed pick-ups). 

3. Add your field staff as users and invite them to download the app. At this point, your staff that will use the mobile app will need to be onboarded. This can mostly be done via our instructional email series, online help desk/FAQ and is sped up with in-app features like Zabble Zero AI™. 

Powered by AI, it saves time for staff and guides new users through a streamlined waste audit workflow. Bin fullness and contamination levels are suggested, along with items for the user to tag. It also learns and improves over time to provide more accurate recommendations. 

See it in action:

Onboarding your team to Zabble Zero™ requires between 3 - 5 hours per user. Let’s compare that number to the time wasted by sticking with the status quo system, which is time-intensive, error-prone and cumbersome. 

Cumulatively, organizations lose about 100 hours per month due to antiquated methods of collection, tracking and analysis of their waste stream data. These methods include hand recording data by pen & paper, transcribing it to spreadsheets and then analyzing for trends to inform next steps. 

During a pilot project with Zabble, UCSF found that such manual audits consumed 66 hours of staff time per month. Besides taking up far too much time, the data accuracy was poor and spreadsheets couldn’t provide actionable insights for managers. 

Furthermore, the data gathered via manual audits fails to provide useful information about waste or contamination across time, location or seasons. 

Due to the inefficiency of conducting audits, data capture occurred sporadically, which prevented supervisors from tracking progress, identifying persistent problems or making timely adjustments to their efforts. It also hindered their ability to determine whether their initiatives were even working. At UCSF, supervisors spent a couple hours a week just trying to analyze their waste data. 

Lastly, the default approach is slow and cumbersome in response to events that can disrupt operations and require significant effort to fix, such as missed pickups, overflowing bins or hazardous waste contamination. Lag time in communication and siloed information leads to these problems persisting for days. 

Missed pick-ups alone required staff at UCSF to spend 11 hours/month to remediate the issue, and the waste hauler often didn’t arrive until a full day later for pickup. This results in overflowing bins, smelly loading docks and prime areas for rodent infestation.

Comparatively, Zabble Zero™ offers efficient, accurate digital processes that soon pay for themselves in time saved and hassles prevented, not to mention progress to zero waste. Here’s how:

A. Fast, accurate data capture allows for consistent tracking of trends over time, and can measure the effectiveness of waste initiatives over months and years. Data is available in real-time to supervisors, who can view total waste data across the portfolio of buildings or by precisely drilling down into the floor or even bin level.

B. When a disruptive event like a missed pick-up is registered by staff on the ground, an alert is automatically sent to the responsible supervisor or manager to start remedying the issue. 

C. All data captured by staff is automatically uploaded and aggregated onto the web dashboard for supervisors. Instead of uploading this data themselves, or attempting to manually generate analytics, supervisors receive data in real-time and can easily access data visualizations to draw insights from. 

In all these ways, Zabble Zero™ saves significant amounts of time for the entire team.

For UCSF’s facility team that used Zabble Zero™ in the pilot, they saved about 100 labor hours per month for both staff and management. Thus, a small investment of upfront time to get setup pays for itself many times over in the course of a single month, and continues yielding gains in labor efficiency over the long term. 

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