Waste Collection Routing Software Implementation Pros and Cons
Waste collection routing software purchases and implementations, although typically meeting their return on investment are most commonly fail to be utilized on an ongoing basis. Since equipment costs, labor and fuel are significant operating expenses for waste collection operations, reducing the number of routes, labor hours and mileage through route optimization is a critical approach to increasing efficiency and reducing costs. However, route optimization software applications are not simple. Waste routing software is typically complex to implement and has a high rate of failed implementations, i.e., the software was too complicated to be adopted into daily operations. Waste routing is extremely complex. Waste routing requires multiple types of routing software algorithms:
- High density for residential curbside collection of waste, yard waste, and recyclables,
- Point to point waste routing for commercial collection or residential bulky items collection, or
- Paired routing for roll off box collection and delivery.
There is not one application on the market that handles all types of waste routing effectively. Multiple applications would need to be implemented to service all types of waste collection routing.