A Periodic Location Routing Problem for Collaborative Recycling

Hemmelmayr, Vera and Smilowitz, Karen and de la Torre, Luis (2017) A Periodic Location Routing Problem for Collaborative Recycling. IISE Transactions, 49 (4). pp. 414-428. ISSN 2472-5862


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Motivated by collaborative recycling efforts for non-profit agencies, we study a variant of the periodic location routing problem, in which one decides the set of open depots from the customer set, the capacity of open depots, and the visit frequency to nodes, in an effort to design networks for collaborative pickup activities. We formulate this problem, highlighting the challenges introduced by these decisions. We examine the relative dfficulty introduced with each decision through exact solutions and a heuristic approach which can incorporate extensions of model constraints and solve larger instances. The work is motivated by a project with a network of hunger relief agencies (e.g., food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters) focusing on collaborative approaches to address their cardboard recycling challenges collectively. We present a case study based on data from the network. In this novel setting, we evaluate collaboration in terms of participation levels and cost impact. These insights can be generalized to other networks of organizations that may consider pooling resources.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in IISE Transactions on 8 December 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24725854.2016.1267882.
Keywords: periodic location routing problems / non-profit operations research
Divisions: Departments > Welthandel > Transportwirtschaft und Logistik > Wakolbinger
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Typographical
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 12:43
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2020 19:04
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/79352/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5575


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