The service re-routing for improved recycling project was a crucial part of the successful sustainable waste management solution implemented in November 2009 to increase recycling rates within Renfrewshire to meet our SOA commitments and challenging Scottish and EU recycling targets. The project aimed to support the introduction of co-mingled recycling and residual waste collection services to over 80,000 across Renfrewshire through the development of a dynamic technology based routing system that streamlined collection routes and minimised the environmental impact of the service by reducing mileage, fuel consumption and the service’s carbon footprint. At the same time, it was recognised that the optimum solution must minimise disruption to customers, link in with corporate IT systems and allow remodelling for future demographic and service changes. The service rerouting project has optimised collection routes, taking cognisance of local geography and service issues, delivered improved recycling rates of 37.43% in 2009/10 & 48.5% in quarter one of 2010/11, and achieved cost savings through reduction of collection vehicles, minimised fuel usage and collection mileage and reduced the service’s carbon footprint. Building on this success, the routing software solution ‘RouteSmart’ is being further developed to optimise routes for other services across the Council.
Download the application form: PS018 Service Re-Routing For Improved Recycling