Calculating the costs of waste collection: A methodological proposal

Bošković, Goran and Jovičić, Nebojša and Jovanović, Saša and Simović, Vladimir (2016) Calculating the costs of waste collection: A methodological proposal. Waste management & research, 34 (8). pp. 775-783. ISSN 1096-3669

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Waste collection and transport can generate up to 70% of the total costs of the system. Separated collection of recyclables implies additional costs for which the sale of recycled waste often does not compensate, but there is increased pressure to reach the long-term recycling objectives set by law. The proper estimation and monitoring of waste collection costs are essential to define the most cost-effective waste collection system. The aim of this study is to propose and implement a management tool to determine waste collection costs for different waste collection schemes. Based on input data, such as waste quantity and composition, the number of waste bins, the location of collection points, the type of collection vehicle, crew, collection route, etc., the developed tool can calculate the time and costs of waste collection (per vehicle, collection point or tonne of collected waste). This tool uses Excel spreadsheets and it was tested on a district in the central area of the city of Kragujevac to calculate the costs of waste collection for two scenarios: Collecting all waste as mixed waste, and collecting separately recyclables and residual waste. The developed tool can be useful for municipal solid waste management companies, since it allows benchmarking and variance analysis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COBISS.ID=512424802
Uncontrolled Keywords: waste collection, costs of waste collection, separate collection, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency
Research Department: Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Jelena Banovic
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2020 14:52
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2020 14:52

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