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Title: Calculating the costs of waste collection: A methodological proposal
Authors: Bošković, Goran
Jovicic, Nebojsa
Jovanović, Saša
Simovic, Vladimir
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: © 2016 The Author(s). Waste collection and transport can generate up to 70% of the total costs of the system. Separated collection of recyclables implies additional costs for which the sale of recycled waste often does not compensate, but there is increased pressure to reach the long-term recycling objectives set by law. The proper estimation and monitoring of waste collection costs are essential to define the most cost-effective waste collection system. The aim of this study is to propose and implement a management tool to determine waste collection costs for different waste collection schemes. Based on input data, such as waste quantity and composition, the number of waste bins, the location of collection points, the type of collection vehicle, crew, collection route, etc., the developed tool can calculate the time and costs of waste collection (per vehicle, collection point or tonne of collected waste). This tool uses Excel spreadsheets and it was tested on a district in the central area of the city of Kragujevac to calculate the costs of waste collection for two scenarios: Collecting all waste as mixed waste, and collecting separately recyclables and residual waste. The developed tool can be useful for municipal solid waste management companies, since it allows benchmarking and variance analysis.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1177/0734242X16654980
ISSN: 0734-242X
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84979204227
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering, Kragujevac

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