Project: Optimising Vehicles Undertaking Waste Collection

Reference: LP 0407

Last update: 13/04/2007 15:05:44


Primary objectives
The primary objectives of this project are to identify better practice that will reduce green house gas emissions and traffic congestion caused by vehicles employed in waste collection and lead to more effective and efficient waste collection.

Secondary objectives
. quantify the costs and benefits of alternative arrangements for waste collection using real data where possible,
. understand the impact of the institutional barriers and present argued alternatives,
. identify opportunities for cost savings through harmonised standards for equipment and the sharing of, joint utilisation of facilities and infrastructure.
. develop a partnership with representative local authorities to provide a robust and comprehensive base for the data and scenarios being reported,
. present and disseminate the work to facilitate relevant implementation by other stakeholders such as local authority waste and fleet managers,
. define Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure relative performance and help local authority managers identify improvement opportunities.

If the results are successfully implemented then society and the related Government policies would benefit from:
. vehicle utilisation and fuel consumption would improve,
. less accidents, less injuries to drivers and other road users,
. recycling, re-use and recovery rates for waste would improve,
. reduced waste collection costs,
. less congestion caused by waste collection vehicles.


This project is principally to produce a report containing data and information to better describe the issues. A range of policy options will be proposed to mitigate the externalities. Potential benefits should be identified along with barriers that might need overcoming.


University of Southampton
Transportation Research Group, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £131,741.00

Actual start date: 04 January 2005

Actual completion date: 31 December 2006