Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.
Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.
Fang Ren, Ph.D.
The City of Redlands, California was interested in using a geographic information system (GIS) to help determine cost savings for the collection and transportation of its solid waste. Studies have shown that 60% - 80% of a municipality’s waste budget goes towards the collection and transportation phase. The city maintains a GIS department and they would like to incorporate data, procedures and a workflow to help facilitate using GIS to optimize solid waste collection. GIS technology can be used to help determine optimal collection routes by matching real world travel conditions and patterns. This study used a GIS to model current and proposed collection patterns using Esri’s ArcGIS Network Analyst software. The software was used to determine optimal routes for small collection groups and outlines the workflow and best practices for future analysis throughout the city.
O'Connor, D. L. (2013). Solid Waste Collection Vehicle Route Optimization for the City of Redlands, California (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/201