Static vs. Dynamic Routing in Waste Management: Why You Should Make the Switch

by Hussam Mansour

As cities across the world are looking for ways to secure sustainable growth, dynamic routing has introduced a new generation of residential and commercial waste collection. Dynamic need-based pickups, as opposed to static, scheduled routes, can lead to huge savings for planners.

Collection of waste can be incredibly complex, making efficient operation and outstanding customer service difficult to achieve. However, unnecessary emptying is now a thing of the past. By attaching IoT sensors to bins, dynamically managed routes can be developed that ensure optimum and efficient waste collection. 

So what is the difference between static and dynamic routing? Static collections are fixed scheduled collections. However, with this old-fashioned system, 9 out of 10 bins are emptied too early or too late, often at only 20%-30% capacity. Static routing results in unnecessary collections, traffic congestion and increased CO2 emissions.

In contrast, dynamic pick-ups use IoT technology to monitor and track fill levels of bins. This means that trucks spend less time on the roads and collect only bins that need emptying. 

Dynamic routing promotes sustainability 

Fewer vehicles on the road drastically cuts CO2 emissions, mileage and driving time. This can help businesses and municipalities convey that they are sustainably oriented, meeting the increasing expectations of customers and citizens.

The waste industry needs to acknowledge the growing need for more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. With this solution, collection routes are made as short and as efficient as possible, which can be an extremely useful tool in strengthening a CSR profile.

Creating business value & efficiency

Dynamic routing also can be a key tool in boosting your business’ value and efficiency. A reduction in mileage and driving time for collectors means less wear and tear on vehicles, increasing equipment life span in the long run.

Daily route optimisation also means a reduction in time spent on planning and administration, as well as, any time following up through old  IT systems.

With the WasteHero integrated platform, planners can benefit from advanced fleet management features, such as vehicle activity, maintenance reminders and fuel consumption. A detailed insight into the efficiency of each route, allows local authorities and businesses to save on unnecessary costs.

Overall, dynamic routing allows practitioners to be highly flexible and responsive, freeing up more time to improve customer service and allocate resources elsewhere. Over time, the smart sensors collect data about how much waste is produced and how it can be best managed.

It will help planners in identifying certain areas predisposed to overflowing containers. This empowers municipalities to be proactive in preventing these issues from arising, improving relationships with local citizens.

The WasteHero Solution 

With WasteHero’s solution, you can switch to dynamic schedules and eliminate inefficiencies within your city or organisation. Smart bin sensors and waste monitoring platform will give you full control over waste stream insights, relevant metrics and KPIs.

WasteHero also offers a navigation app with simple routing for drivers which is based on real-time traffic. This optimization solution can be useful for both commercial and residential waste management.

Are you not fully ready for the switch to dynamic routing? WasteHero allows you to actually combine dynamic with static routing. The smart routing engine integrates with the dynamic collection of containers with sensors to fit into your fixed schedule.

You can also start digitizing all of your assets, test our solution and scale-up when it suits you best. In this way, the transition can be quick and stress-free.

Interested to learn more? Get in touch with a WasteHero expert today!

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