Route optimization of waste collecting

In the field of waste collection, flight optimization aims to achieve the most cost-effective collection, taking into account all cost-sensitive parameters such as traffic and collection rules, working hours, the variable availability of individual points, the capacity of collection containers and vehicles.

The most important advantage of flight optimization is the assessment of the changing environmental factors depicted in the GIS model (establishment of a new site, development of new unloading and working order, use of vehicles with different capacities, collection containers, etc.) and their impact on the waste collection system in practice. – without the risk of “experimentation”.

Potential benefits of professional route optimization

  • the possibility of reducing the distance traveled during collection
  • better capacity utilization
  • more even workload
  • increasing the flexibility and quality of customer service
  • handling unexpected situations (eg roadblocks, accidents)
    resource savings (fuel, working time)

Potential tests

  • Optimization of resource capacities (eg changes in the vehicle and equipment fleet)
  • Geographical surveys (collection points, transhipment, landfills)
  • Examination of the effects of complex characteristics (seasonality, settlement structure, examination of the effects of temporary or permanent changes in the transport infrastructure, extension of the range of services)


Dr. Richárd LADÁNYI, Head of Department, Department of System Design