[GRRN] Recycle Collection Times

RecycleWorlds (anderson@msn.fullfeed.com)
Sun, 5 Sep 1999 13:19:38 -0500

Paul Dunn asked for standard collection times for recycle pickup, to which
Jerry and Dave gave excellent replies about the difficulty in using some
kind of average value.

Another technical point to add to that mix in addition to the importance of
distinguishing between the time on the route collecting and the time off
the route for any number of reasons is the difference between the time
between stops and the time at stops. Time between stops reflects the
density and topography of the route, along with the efficiency of the
routing (avoiding deadheading). Time at the stop reflects the number of
truckside sorts, the degree of automation, the worker incentives and age,
the quantity set out.

If you're still looking for a number and don't want any more qualifiers,
you might want to use 100 stops per hour while on the route as a generic
type number subject to all of the caveats everyone's been listing.

Peter Anderson
RecycleWorlds Consulting
4513 Vernon Blvd. Ste. 15
Madison, WI 53705-4964
Phone:(608) 231-1100/Fax: (608) 233-0011