Quantifying the transport impacts of domestic waste collection strategies

McLeod, Fraser and Cherrett, Tom (2008) Quantifying the transport impacts of domestic waste collection strategies. Waste Management, 28, (11), 2271-2278. (doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.09.041).


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This paper models the effects of three different options for domestic waste collection using data from three Hampshire authorities: (i) joint working between neighbouring waste collection authorities; (ii) basing vehicles at waste disposal sites; (iii) alternate weekly collection of residual waste and dry recyclables. A vehicle mileage saving of 3% was modelled for joint working, where existing vehicle allocations to depots were maintained, which increased to 5.9% when vehicles were re-allocated to depots optimally. Vehicle mileage was reduced by 13.5% when the collection rounds were based out of the two waste disposal sites rather than out of the existing depots, suggesting that the former could be the most effective place to keep vehicles providing that travel arrangements for the crews could be made. Alternate weekly collection was modelled to reduce vehicle mileage by around 8% and time taken by 14%, when compared with a typical scenario of weekly collection of residual and fortnightly collection of recyclable waste. These results were based on an assumption that 20% of the residual waste would be directly diverted into the dry recyclables waste stream

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.09.041
ISSNs: 0956-053X (print)
Keywords: waste, transport logistics, alternate weekly collection
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 69701
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2008Published
20 December 2007Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:58
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69701

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