Footprint optimisation of processing sites for a waste collector
As of 2023 new regulation will become effective in Flanders requiring waste to be sorted more diligently. To comply with this new regulation a waste collector needed to know the best location to build new processing sites, in which existing sites it had to invest and how it could keep intercompany transport costs under control.
EY developed a data model that optimised the clients operating costs in view of where waste is collected, where it is incinerated and where the new processing sites should be developed. EY also looked at the transport costs between sites based on internal data and combined it with data extracted from Google API to identify transport routes that are higher in cost because of traffic jams.
EY then provided a report with recommendations on the optimal configuration of the sites based on the most cost-effective scenario, as well as a business case for the necessary investments. Additionally, EY also created a top ten of scenarios, so that the client could see the financial impact of certain decisions on intercompany waste streams, waste processing and incineration processes.
Using a software tool developed at Stanford and used by companies like Tesla and Netflix, the data model provided clear and objective insights that supported management in taking the most optimal decision in line with the waste collector’s strategic business objectives.
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