Syracuse Waste Collection & Recycling Program Study
What was the challenge?
For decades, aging equipment and limited staffing prevented the City from advancing its sanitation collection program. B&L’s study was the first step in evaluating alternative options for a better system. Various collection vehicle options were examined, including rear-end loaders, side-loaders, and front-end loaders. Additionally, multiple collection methods were evaluated, such as manual, semi-automated, and fully-automated collection. Once the desired option was selected, the challenge was to implement a collection change across the entire city with buy-in from the sanitation staff, the City Council, and the public.
How did Barton & Loguidice provide a solution?
B&L’s expertise in the solid waste management industry allowed us to explore various options and scenarios for the betterment of the collection workers and the community. B&L has been available for technical and industry recommendations throughout the process of transitioning to City-provided trash carts (and eventually recycling carts in 2024).
Why was the project a success?
An important aspect of this project was getting consensus from the sanitation staff and the City Council. A complete shift in how you collect trash city-wide is a significant undertaking; however, City staff was determined to make the transition a success. Once an agreed-upon plan of action was in place, the team worked together to ensure the roll-out of the trash carts city-wide was successful. The ultimate goal of the project was to improve the program’s safety and improve the character of the City by reducing litter and creating uniformity among the waste bins.
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