Quotation Hemmelmayr, Vera, Smilowitz, Karen, de la Torre, Luis. 2017. A Periodic Location Routing Problem for Collaborative Recycling. IIE Transactions 49 (4), 414-428.




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 difficulty introduced with each decision through exact solutions and a heuristic approach that 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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal IISE Transactions (formerly known as: IIE Transactions)
Citation Index SCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-A, WH-A
Language English
Title A Periodic Location Routing Problem for Collaborative Recycling
Volume 49
Number 4
Year 2017
Page from 414
Page to 428
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24725854.2016.1267882
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/24725854.2016.1267882


Hemmelmayr, Vera (Details)
de la Torre, Luis (Expeditors, United States/USA)
Smilowitz, Karen (Northwestern University, United States/USA)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
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