Vehicle route optimization for RFID integrated waste collection system

Üstündağ A., Çevikcan E.

1st International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response, Shanghai, China, 25 - 26 September 2007, vol.2, pp.155-160 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.155-160
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology has been in use for several decades to track and identify goods, assets and even living things. Recently, however, RFID has generated widespread corporate interest as a means to waste management performance. In this paper, a model for waste collection vehicle routing is developed. The model not only uses precise data with respect to both quantity and location via RFID technology, but also includes single vehicle with a pre-determined capacity, multiple tours and locations with stochastic waste quantities Then a numerical example is solved via OptQuest which has been specifically customized to find optimal input parameter settings to simulation models built with Crystal Ball. With this method, municipality authorities can better manage itineraries and manpower, and has a monitoring system for the volume of the waste produced in the region of their responsibility.