Optimal routing for efficient municipal solid waste transportation by using ArcGIS application in Chennai, India.

Abstract

Worldwide, about US$410 billion is spent every year to manage four billion tonnes of municipal solid wastes (MSW). Transport cost alone constitutes more than 50% of the total expenditure on solid waste management (SWM) in major cities of the developed world and the collection and transport cost is about 85% in the developing world. There is a need to improve the ability of the city administrators to manage the municipal solid wastes with least cost. Since 2000, new technologies such as geographical information system (GIS) and related optimization software have been used to optimize the haul route distances. The city limits of Chennai were extended from 175 to 426 km(2) in 2011, leading to sub-optimum levels in solid waste transportation of 4840 tonnes per day. After developing a spatial database for the whole of Chennai with 200 wards, the route optimization procedures have been run for the transport of solid wastes from 13 wards (generating nodes) to one transfer station (intermediary before landfill), using ArcGIS. The optimization process reduced the distances travelled by 9.93%. The annual total cost incurred for this segment alone is Indian Rupees (INR) 226.1 million. Savings in terms of time taken for both the current and shortest paths have also been computed, considering traffic conditions. The overall savings are thus very meaningful and call for optimization of the haul routes for the entire Chennai.

DOI: 10.1177/0734242X15607430

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@article{Sanjeevi2016OptimalRF, title={Optimal routing for efficient municipal solid waste transportation by using ArcGIS application in Chennai, India.}, author={Vimala Sanjeevi and P. Shahabudeen}, journal={Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA}, year={2016}, volume={34 1}, pages={11-21} }