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Current Residential Waste Removal Strategies

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It is currently estimated that 5 million people live in Australia's fastest-growing suburbs, which is expected to increase by 2.5 million by 2031. Therefore, residential waste collection and management services must develop innovative and eco-friendly solutions to deal with the anticipated increase in waste production. If the trend persists, the sheer volume of waste produced by the growing population will overwhelm municipalities. Consequently, it will lead to dirty suburbs and affect the residential quality of life. This article highlights current residential waste removal strategies.

Optimising Waste Collection Routes

One of the biggest problems municipalities have faced is maximising waste collection resources. For example, workforce, garbage trucks and bins are deployed without considering factors like the location of landfills, incineration sites or recycling depots. Unfortunately, blindly deploying critical resources leads to poor service delivery. Therefore, private waste removal companies should collaborate with municipalities to find ways of optimising waste collection routes. For instance, mapping landfills, recycling plants and incineration plants in route planning software allow drivers to maximise the utilisation of trucks. For example, optimising waste collection routes enables truck drivers to cover fewer kilometres from a suburb to a landfill or a recycling plant.

Real-Time Visualisation of Bin Capacities

Today, waste collection from residential homes is either a two or three-person job. Even in neighbourhoods where bins do not fill as fast, municipalities generally deploy the same number of staffers. Sadly, this can make residential waste removal an expensive undertaking. Waste bin monitoring is a strategy that service providers can rely on to manage the waste lifecycle efficiently. Notably, smart sensors installed in bins measure fill levels at certain points of the day and send the information to a cloud-based waste management system. The data can then be used to determine bin distribution, the number of waste removal teams to deploy and the frequency of waste collection. Ultimately, bin monitoring reduces the overall cost of waste collection and carbon emissions in residential settings.

Geo-Localisation of Trucks

Knowing the precise location of garbage trucks is another strategy for enhancing and improving residential waste removal. It helps waste management services track serviced routes, the duration of garbage collection and staffers. For example, if one team is stuck in traffic and running late to a specific route, a fleet manager can look for a team close to the unserviced street and deploy it immediately. Thus, geo-localisation of garbage trucks ensures that residents do not have to wait long for waste collection. To learn more, contact a waste removal service.