Simulation and Analyses of a Refuse Collection System

by Jimmie E. Quon,
Abraham Charnes,
Stephen J. Wersan,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 5, Pg. 17-36

Document Type: Journal Paper


A mathematical simulation analysis of refuse collection and disposal systems is presented. A computer program capable of considering stochastic variations in the system parameters has been written for the daily route method of refuse collection. Initial computations serve to delineate the relationships of the several performance parameters (over-all collection efficiency, length of workday, etc.) to the characteristics of the system (average daily quantity of refuse, daily variability in the quantity of refuse, truck capacity, etc.). Results are presented in a series of nineteen graphs. Useful extensions of this work are briefly considered.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Stochastic processes | Route preferences | Parameters (statistics) | Trucks

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