Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Pick” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post from RouteSmart Technologies’ blog discusses waste collection during the COVID-19 crisis and what the industry could look like in the coming months.
What are haulers talking about these days? Safety and efficiency.
For sure, safety is at the top of their list. Safety of their crews and concerns that staff would be more likely to get exposed to coronavirus. Exposure concerns required adjustments to how crews are assigned (i.e. how many people could ride in one vehicle). There were concerns about minimizing exposure to garbage and surfaces because there was such uncertainty as to how long the virus could live on plastic – like handles of carts – or plastic bags, cardboard, etc.
Efficiency is also big. Operating efficiently through all of the changes is important to the haulers I talk to.