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Recycling is an important part of waste management (that includes different kinds of issues: environmental, technological, economic, legislative, social, etc.). Differently from many works in literature, this paper is focused on recycling management and on the dynamic optimization of materials collection. The developed dynamic decision model is characterized by state variables, corresponding to the quantity of waste in each bin per each day, and control variables determining the quantity of material that is collected in the area each day and the routes for collecting vehicles. The objective function minimizes the sum of costs minus benefits. The developed decision model is integrated in a GIS-based Decision Support System (DSS). A case study related to the Cogoleto municipality is presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed model. From optimal results, it has been found that the net benefits of the optimized collection are about 2.5 times greater than the estimated current policy. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Davide Anghinolfi, Massimo Paolucci, Michela Robba, Angela Celeste Taramasso. A dynamic optimization model for solid waste recycling. Waste management (New York, N.Y.). 2013 Feb;33(2):287-96

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