solid waste infrastructure

solid waste collection systems


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dcs advisory Experts team

solid waste collection systems

Daniel Dean

Vienna, Austria

LLoyd Richardson

Washington NC, USA

Meet Our Solid Waste Collection Experts Team!

Solid waste collection systems are often large-scale logistical operations, involving the operations and maintenance of public and private refuse bins, vehicle fleets (typically garbage trucks, but can also consist of rail vehicles, boats, barges, conveyor systems and other means of transport), storage and aggregation facilities.  In many markets, solid waste collection is a large and competitive business, which is ripe for innovation.   In both private sector and public sector dominated markets, there is a great deal of space to apply technological innovations and public-private partnerships.  One example (which has been piloted in Sweden) includes the possibility of applying pneumatic refuse collection systems in densely populated urban areas (both inside building and interconnecting connecting buildings, automating and aggregating collection in fewer locations).  Another example of technological innovation includes the use of sensors throughout a solid waste collection area.  Applying wireless sensors in refuse bins (which transmit data to whether the bin is nearly full or almost empty) connected to GPS-based computer routing algorithm allows solid waste collection operators to dynamically determine their pick-up routes.  These innovations, when implemented along with a "user fee" based pricing approach can lead to significantly less human labor and energy consumption, reduced operating costs for solid waste, provide improved customer service and a greater incentive for consumer choices resulting in reduced solid waste.

In many regions, there is also a much higher degree of separation and sorting of solid waste entering the system.  In many ways this has introduced new logistical challenges to solid waste collection operators in terms of collecting and routing many different types of refuse (various types of recyclable materials, compost, various hazardous materials, general waste, etc.) to different sorting and processing facilities and locations.  In many cases, there may be additional consumer, public and political pressures to accommodate even further evolution to the collection business, which must be balanced against the logistical costs of introducing further separation, sorting, re-cycling and re-use measures.  Many solutions may be available in such situations by applying new innovative technological and public-privative partnership initiatives.

DCS experts can assist both public and private sector clients in evaluating, planning, financing, developing, constructing, operating and managing solid waste collection systems within a municipal or regional solid waste utility.  We can add significant value through application of innovative technologies and processes, and public-private partnerships in the solid waste collection segment.  Our advisory services help our clients align the benefits of private sector capital, innovation, "know-how", efficiencies and management capabilities with the public sector objectives of most efficiently providing and ensuring safe, efficient and environmentally responsible solid waste collection services to citizens at affordable prices (solid waste tariffs and fees).  We can also assist our clients in identifying and procuring suitable vendors, technology and service providers in the solid waste collection sector.   Our experts also have significant experience and competence in delivering solid waste collection assets within the various market model contexts, including under a regulated or deregulated utility regime, and public-private partnership contractual structures such as regulated user-fee, availability or hybrid concession agreements.  

Please click on the below links to learn more about the specific services related to the solid waste collection segment that DCS experts can offer:​

DCS focuses on providing the above services in the solid waste collection segment to the following categories of clients: