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Applying Process Improvement to Waste Collections


Few other activities in the waste management industry are repetitive as waste collection and transfer. Think about it: a single automated residential route truck may make 1,000 lifts per day. That’s a quarter of a million lifts every year! By applying process improvement techniques to your waste collection and transfer operations, you can easily evaluate – and improve – your systems.

Join Neal Bolton for the third session in our 4-session Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities Master Class Series exploring how you can implement process improvement concepts and tools within your waste collections and transfer station operations to streamline operations, increase efficiency, and reduce your operation cost.

In this webcast we’ll discuss how process improvement techniques can be effectively applied to waste collections and transfer operations. Within this discussion, we’ll explore how you can apply the process of DMAIC to evaluate your waste collection activities and equipment (e.g., routes, machinery, technology, etc.), uncover the inefficiencies, and identify solutions (e.g., route optimization, truck and arm speed, driver technique, etc.). We’ll also take a look at transfer stations (remote, unmanned container sites to large, urban facilities handling thousands of tons per day), their daily activities (receiving, handling, sorting, loading, and transporting), and the throughput of each. Applying the Theory of Constraints, we’ll examine how each of these transfer activities can act as a constraint (like a pressure regulator) limiting flow through the system, ultimately slowing the entire operation. Within this discussion, we’ll explore how you can apply process improvement techniques and establish benchmarks to evaluate and monitor your operational performance, and implement process solutions to streamline your operations and reduce your costs.

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the Theory of Constraints in regards to waste flow
  • Learn how process improvement can improve collection and transfer operations
  • Understand how a mass diagram can identify waste flow at a transfer station
  • Learn how to establish benchmarks to monitor operational performance


Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities
Master Class Series
This session is the third module in our 4-session Process Improvement for Solid Waste Facilities Master Class Series. Currently, we are offering the full Master Class Series at a discounted rate. If you are interested in purchasing the full Master Class Series, you can find information and the registration link here.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU



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