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Quantifying the transport impacts of domestic waste collection strategies

By Fraser McLeod and Tom Cherrett

Abstract

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 strea

Topics: HE, TD
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:69701
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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