Importance of Route Optimisation in Smart Waste Management

Waste management refers to a number of activities required to manage waste until its final disposal. The activities include collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste. Since technology is being used across all industries in order to simplify and optimise works, it is also being expanded its reach to waste management services. 

The waste management has been evolved into smart waste management, leveraging the Internet of Things or IoT. Amongst many advantages, route optimisation is the major one that has impacted the procedure a lot. 

How Smart Waste Management Works?

A smart waste management system works with smart sensors that has the ability to measure the level of waste. Sensor-embedded waste containers send information to the monitoring platforms about the level of waste. The implementation of IoT technology simplifies the task of collecting waste by notifying about the location of collection and optimising the route.

What are the Benefits of Route Optimisation?

The major reason for proper waste management involves keeping the environment always clean. The route optimisation feature plays an important role in facilitating waste disposal services to do the same efficiently. 

  • Route optimisation solution picks the best routes for waste collection trucks by using the data of location transmitted from the sensor. Consequently, the work is done quickly avoiding the chances of overflow as well as transportation delays.
  • It reduces the mileage on fleet vehicles. The trucks come directly to the accurate site where waste collection is required, as the location is identified and notified by the sensor. 
  • Route optimisation helps minimise the cost of waste collection in various ways. The cost of fuel is lower. Besides, the automated process reduces the cost of labour and maintenance. 
  • Apart from saving time, this feature increases the efficiency of the waste collection services. It results in a cleaner environment, compared to the manual waste collection process.
  • The optimisation process also facilitates the service providers to give better response to the customers. 

Once a waste receptacle gets full, the route for the location of that bin is optimised. So, route optimisation determines the proficiency of the entire procedure.