You’d be hard-pressed to meet someone who loves garbage more than Jason Gates, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based startup Compology.
But Gates isn’t concerned with the residential trash that you put in front of your home on collection day. Instead, he basks in the massive commercial and industrial waste heaped into dumpsters behind restaurants, offices and construction sites. The pure stench of that refuse is money to Gates’s nose.
Compology has figured out a smarter way to track, route and take out the trash. And from startups like Compology, to Tesla co-founder Ian Wright developing electric garbage trucks and Volvo working on a refuse-collecting robot, tech advancements in the garbage business have never been hotter. That’s because the space is an antiquated one that could use a tech boost. And since everyone has garbage, there’s money to be made.