“Route optimization for solid waste collection” are buzzwords in the waste removal industry right now. Waste removal companies realize that to stay competitive they need to keep their transport and hauling costs down, and the best way to do this is to optimize routes.
Defining the Difficulties
Waste collection is a very visible and vital municipal service involving big expenditures. It is well known though that waste collection issues are an extremely difficult operational issue to solve. Garbage disposal companies collect garbage every day from a fixed number of apartments, homes, and businesses.
Besides this, special requests from residents come in daily and must be logged and fitted into the route. Old requests need to be deducted from the routes. If there are many requests, the company will have to reroute some of the trucks.
Added to that are the sheer numbers of collection points which in large urban areas can involve hundreds a day. Keeping track of all this with a map, pencil, and pins is an almost impossible task. It will take hours, and you may not end up with optimal results.
Why Dedicated Software is the Answer
That’s why most garbage disposal companies and municipalities are turning to route planning and optimizing software. It calculates the driving distances, plots the stops, takes traffic conditions into account and much more. It considers far more than manual route planners ever can, resulting in logical and efficient routes.
This means that your transport planning team will have time to do other jobs and that your drivers will have more stable workloads. Routes will be more efficient. All of this translates into significant savings in fuel, time, salaries and environment-damaging emissions.
Difficulties with the Software
Solid waste collection projects are incredibly complex. There are thousands of customers in a residential area that need to be plotted along the route. Different garbage removal vehicles vary in productivity, and street conditions vary between neighborhoods. Some roads have vehicle height or mass restrictions. Certain areas like schools are busy at different times of the day, and so on.
Software applications reduce this complexity, making it simple to generate routes, maps, and reports. The difficulty comes in with setting them up, training the team to use them, and maintaining them with up-to-date data.
How Route Optimization Consultants Can Help
We specialize in waste removal route optimization, and we have many years of experience in the field. We know pretty much every software that’s available on the market today and can help you choose right one and implement it. Our team has managed more than fifty projects that involved the implementation of waste vehicle route optimization software to the complete satisfaction of our clients.
We understand that route optimization isn’t all about the software. It’s also about choosing the right people for the job. Managers often assign route supervisors the job of implementing the software, but they may not be the best option. We’re here to help. Contact us today at (703) 473-7055, and we’ll be glad to help you with your route optimization for solid waste collection.