Using data to improve composting
Just 4.1 percent of all wasted food in the United States was composted in 2018. WeRadiate was founded by Sashti Balasundaram in 2019 to innovate and grow the role of composting as part of conventional waste management. WeRadiate’s signature product, Smart Sensor Compost System (SSCS), allows users to closely monitor the condition and performance of small- and medium-sized compost piles. Smart Sensors are placed in a compost pile to collect data that is then transmitted to a software application where an operator can view trends, receive alerts, and optimize the composting process. The company aims to improve the efficiency of composting by increasing the volume and speed at which organic waste is turned into high-quality compost. To bring the innovative concept for SSCS to life, WeRadiate participated in the Scale for ClimateTech (S4C) program, managed by the nonprofit NextCorps, and partnered with RIT’s Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM).