Green Operations

Baltimore Fleet May Save $6M with Trash Collection System

March 29, 2010

BALTIMORE - The City of Baltimore expects to achieve an annual savings of about $6 million using C2Logix FleetRoute route optimization software. The route optimization project, implemented July 2009 in an effort to save significant labor, fuel, equipment, and maintenance, was provided through a contract with the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (NMWDA).

For this project, C2Logix was a sub-contractor to solid waste management consulting firm Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB).

The City has an estimated population of 630,000 with 190,000 households serviced by trucks and crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW). Before the re-routing project, the DPW collected refuse twice a week from each residence, with approximately 63 trucks operating six days a week for a total of 214 routes. The DPW also collected recycling twice a month.

The FleetRoute Service Bureau developed five alternative conceptual route scenarios, according to Kevin Callen, C2Logix's chief technology officer. "Each of these optimized the routes, workdays, and equipment allocation, and analyzed cost savings. This in-depth analysis provided the City with the necessary tools to make an informed decision regarding changes in its collection operation and will allow for significant collection cost reductions for the City while improving services to residents with a more efficient operation."

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