Waste Collection Vehicle Routing Problem: Literature Review

  • Hui Han
  • Eva Ponce Cueto
Keywords: waste collection, vehicle routing problem, commercial waste, residential waste, industrial waste,


Waste generation is an issue which has caused wide public concern in modern societies, not only for the quantitative rise of the amount of waste generated, but also for the increasing complexity of some products and components. Waste collection is a highly relevant activity in the reverse logistics system and how to collect waste in an efficient way is an area that needs to be improved. This paper analyzes the major contribution about Waste Collection Vehicle Routing Problem (WCVRP) in literature. Based on a classification of waste collection (residential, commercial and industrial), firstly the key findings for these three types of waste collection are presented. Therefore, according to the model (Node Routing Problems and Arc Routing problems) used to represent WCVRP, different methods and techniques are analyzed in this paper to solve WCVRP. This paper attempts to serve as a roadmap of research literature produced in the field of WCVRP.

Author Biographies

Hui Han
Hui Han is a PhD student at Department of Industrial Engineering, Business Administration and Statistic E.T.S. Industrial Engineering, Technical University of Madrid. She is funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) from the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Eva Ponce Cueto
E. Ponce-Cueto received her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2002. Her dissertation has received two awards with special distinction in the Spanish context. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Business Administration and Statistics, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain. Her current research interest includes supplier relationship, supply management, integrated supply chains and closed-loop supply chains.


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