Even before the pandemic, waste management was one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. From skyscraping landfills to the numerous health hazards induced by poor waste management, the challenges this industry faces are piling up by the day.

Although researchers have found a way to convert human waste into jet fuel and turn carbon-rich waste into energy, it does not change the fact that the industry is among the most neglected sectors globally.

With ever-increasing pressures on waste companies to stick to a mountain of new regulation, keep staff safe from day-to-day working and COVID, and remain profitable, the current conditions are not entirely favourable for businesses in the industry.

So, what does the future hold for waste and waste transport companies?

The concerning aspects of the waste and transport industry

Whether it is the documenting of waste or communicating job details with drivers, carrying out operations has not been easy for the industry. There are a range of critical and immediate challenges that need addressing:

Road safety

According to a 2020 report, waste collection is one of the top six most dangerous occupations. There are roughly 35 fatal injuries among every 100,000 workers every year, making it an alarming global issue.

What’s more surprising is that transport-related activities account for around 63% of all those accidents in the waste industry.

Financial wastage

A fissara led research revealed that companies squander up to £10,000 every year on printing, office stationery, and postage. This is not only compromising profits but also reducing back-office efficiency by around 50%.

Time-management issues

Speaking of efficiency, companies, which are still mostly relying on paper-based operations, are also estimated to spend twice as long on administrative tasks compared with those who use software. Paper documents such as invoices and delivery notes are among the primary reasons for the increase in employee working hours in the waste and transport industry.

Social distancing

Companies that have failed to embrace digital platforms have undoubtedly fallen behind in their operations and profits. Since drivers are required to interact with several people each day, adhering to COVID-19 guidelines can been a big challenge for companies.

What the future of waste transportation demands

Evidently, if we want to make the waste and transport industry safer for workers, all the above problems need to be given immediate attention. Here are a few things that can start us off on the right foot.

First off, waste companies need to take measures to reduce public interactions among their staff. This can be achieved by, but not limited to, focusing on reducing the most typical time-related challenges for the on-the-road employees.

For instance, workers can use a mobile app to report proof of delivery, update the status of their jobs, and store waste transfer notes to easily maintain social distancing with other staff and customers.

The future demands the use of technology to automate administrative, operational, and delivery-related tasks, so workers can be more efficient at their jobs.

How technology can help meet the demands

According to Waste Dive, “[fleet] technology can help companies gain insight into driver behaviours, alert drivers when there are hazards, and help collect data that can be used to update or improve training programs.”

fissara MOVE helps to reduce back-office admin by up to 50%. It also helps businesses cut down their paper and postage costs by up to 90% while introducing more accuracy into P&L reporting and document storage.

For operations, fissara MOVE’s Waste Transfer Notes feature helps drivers upload proof of collection/delivery without violating social distancing guidelines.

By going paperless, waste companies can track their vehicles and drivers in real time, reduce fuel usage, and save up to £10,000 annually on paper, postage and document storage.

If that wasn’t all, waste companies can also speed up their invoicing processes from 3 days to a few hours as well as automate around 130 tasks per vehicle per month for each customer, including invoicing, subcontractor billing and vehicle checks.

Most importantly, the telematics features of fissara MOVE can reduce road accidents by 20%, creating a much safer work environment for employees.

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