Solid Waste Residential Collection Going Automated, 10 Years Later

This article describes the implementation of automated solid waste collection by the Solid Waste Management Department in Spokane, Washington. The automated garbage collection serves 65,500 households with bin sizes of 20, 32, 68, and 95 gallons. The article explains that the greatest benefit from such public works automation is the reduction it allows for in employee injuries. Another major benefit listed is that of efficiency, as the Spokane system was able to immediately lower staffing levels while simultaneously increasing the number of households serviced per vehicle. Additional benefits included positive acceptance by resident and a reduction in employee turnover. Challenges associated with the new system were found in the increase in equipment costs and the maneuverability of automated trucks, particularly in tight locations. The article concludes with a brief assessment of the 10-year experience with the automated collection system.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32-33
  • Serial:
    • APWA Reporter
    • Volume: 74
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: American Public Works Association
    • ISSN: 0092-4873

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044798
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2007 3:42PM