D&B provides collection analyses and contracting services for residential and commercial refuse, recyclables and compostable materials. Our experience includes collection economic analyses, routing efficiency, equipment alternatives, billing methods, bidding, contracting and privatization assessments.
Collection Cost Model
As part of our Program Operations and Economic Model (POEM), we developed a Collection Cost Model capable of evaluating the economics of current practices in comparison with available alternatives. The parameters accounted for include:
- Number and density of collection locations
- Vehicle capacities and compaction cycle times
- Time per stop
- Off-route time
- Fleet size
- Crew size
- Labor costs
D&B has evaluated the efficiency of collection equipment based upon capacities, labor requirements, automated loading options, multiple compartments (refuse, recyclables), and on-board compaction of recyclables. We conduct equipment demonstrations, recommend equipment, prepare specifications and conduct procurement bidding.
We have advised clients on the benefits of private versus public collection and once per week trash collection. D&B staff has prepared economic models of private and public collection and frequency alternatives to estimate the costs of the options using key parameters, such as waste quantities, crew size, labor rates, equipment capacities, routing and profit margins.
D&B also has drafted collection ordinances and regulations establishing set-out requirements for refuse, recyclables and landscaping wastes; weight and content restrictions; and collection districts within municipal boundaries.