PODFather helps efficiency of central Scotland food waste collections

Commercial food waste firm Keenan Recycling has found PODFather’s route planning and real-time collection management system a key efficiency driver during a period of rapid growth.

The Aberdeenshire-based company has expanded its operation across central Scotland prompted by tougher food waste regulations recently imposed on businesses, which limit the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The PODFather Logistics system was rolled out to help manage more than 20,000 collections a month. It enables contracts to be set up with collection frequencies set according to the amount of waste generated, then automatically scheduled and route optimised on a daily basis.

A back office system then links to in-cab driver handhelds that provide daily route details and capture the waste type and quantity of each collection.

The handhelds provide live tracking location and collection ETAs back in the office, as well as raising an alert should unexpected delays occur.

Workflows on the devices also ensure that if anything unexpected does occur, the handheld will prompt the driver to capture photographs as evidence.

This system includes daily driver vehicle checks at the depot in the morning, with any faults logged and made visible to Keenan transport management staff.

Keenan said it has gained real-time visibility of the collection rounds as they progress throughout the day and reduced the administration associated with processing thousands of paper-based collection notes.

Claire Keenan, business development manager, Keenan Recycling, said: “We were introduced to PODFather by one of our customers who have been using the system for their own office-waste recycling business for a number of years. It was important we could work with a company that understands how waste collection rounds work as we needed the system set up quickly whilst ensuring our duty of care requirements for waste collections were met.”