Collection Correction: Cities in Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Virginia Manage Growth by Juggling Schedules and Automating

In this article the author discusses improvements that may be made to the collection of solid waste as suggested by three U.S. municipalities: Owasso, Oklahoma; Newport News, Virginia; and, Lee County, Florida. The primary difficulty faced by solid waste management organizations is that of an increasing base of customers due to population size against budget cuts and dwindling fleet sizes. It is recommended that, when scrutinizing one's fleet, the following issues are to be considered: the equipment's capacity, on-street parking regulations, safety concerns for routes, distance from the public works facility and to the landfill, collection from disabled peoples, and overall driver workload. Challenges with switching from a semi-automated system to a fully-automated system are described. This is best accomplished, it is explained, in steps to allow for a dispersion of the financial costs. Anticipating future growth of a community, implementing geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), and creative thinking are all discussed as important factors in improving solid waste management.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 45, 49
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047180
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2007 2:25PM