The City partnered with RouteSmart to manage a major operational change, modifying its weekly waste collection schedule to biweekly while switching its collection crews from a five-day work week to just four days.
Converting to a four-day schedule-based work system and a biweekly garbage pick-up system required the City to create new garbage day zones while balancing truck routes within those designated zones.
With RouteSmart for ArcGIS, the City found a solution that could handle the significant complexities within Burnaby’s unique environment.
BURNABY & ROUTESMART
After conducting research on several route optimization solution providers and speaking with experts at Esri, the City chose RouteSmart Technologies to support its important optimization project.
Once procured, RouteSmart worked with the City to create balanced routes, provide them to the different solid waste teams and launch within just five months. The implementation included on-site training, software installation and data clean-up, taking a complicated process and making it easy to understand according to Chad Huntington, Manager of GIS and Engineering Systems for the City.
“A big benefit of RouteSmart is their ability to focus on specific goals and optimize towards those goals while developing new routes,” said Huntington. With the City’s primary goal of creating balanced routes to maximize efficiencies, Huntington knew RouteSmart’s dynamic solutions could solve what other routing tools could not – complex routing challenges.
With HERE data designed for RouteSmart, the City leveraged previously inaccessible information — like a street network that contained turn-by-turn attributes and restrictions, speed limits, average travel speeds — to better customize its route planning and avoid time-consuming maneuvers through narrow laneways.
Even after the initial implementation, Huntington notes that seeing the ongoing reliance on RouteSmart really speaks to the success of the project.
About the City of Burnaby
The City of Burnaby, located in the Greater Vancouver area, provides curbside collection of garbage, recycling, yard trimmings and food scraps to a combined 70,000 single- and multi-family households as well as garbage and recycling collection to approximately 480 businesses and schools.