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Omrin’s focus on a circular economy: “Together we recycle everything”

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About Omrin

Omrin is the Frisian word for a closed cycle, the concept that includes reuse, recycling, and the cradle-to-cradle circular economy, and it is a very fitting name for a company that has a passion for recycling. As a leader in the collection, recovery, and processing of raw materials, Omrin has big ambitions when it comes to the circular economy, an inclusive society, and innovation. The company is actively working toward no fewer than seven of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. They are fully committed to maximizing reuse, to reducing waste and recovering as much raw material from it as possible, and to produce sustainable energy.

450

Employees

207

Households

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Containers

1995

Founded

Challenge

"At first, we had the challenge of the low fill levels we had at that time, the unpredictability in planning, and in addition, we were on the eve for an expansion in the logistics area. And we finally found a solution for that."

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Challenge

Peace of mind in the planning department

Niek Westerhof-Operational Manager Collection & Recycling Omrin: "At first, we had the challenge of the low fill levels we had at that time, the unpredictability in planning, and in addition, we were on the eve for an expansion in the logistics area. And we finally found a solution for that."

Natasja Vemmer-Business Consultant at Omrin, continued "We started the implementation with an inventory of our assets. We checked to see if we had the right coordinates, the number of valve movements when a container is full and the types of content. Important spearheads in this were the creation of peace of mind on planning and to keep manual operations to a minimum."

Solution

"We switched from semi-dynamic collection to dynamic collection. For us, that meant that we don't empty the containers until they're completely full which means we have fewer pickups per day and thus a saving."

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Solution

A dynamic process to optimise collection and increase fill levels

Herwin van den Hengel-Planner Omrin: "We switched from semi-dynamic collection to dynamic collection.

For us, that meant that we don't empty the containers until they're completely full which means we have fewer pickups per day and thus a saving.

Our process is to check the containers at night through IoT functionality. This way the containers pass on the fill level to the AMCS solution, which means it has a schedule ready in the morning. I'll check the schedule in the morning to see if everything is all right, or that there are excesses in it, and I'll forward the planning to the trucks."

Johan Geerdink-Truck Driver Omrin: "I get my assignments in the morning via the on-board computer. And then every day it's just a question of how many containers. It's a great system that works efficiently. Basically, you only empty the bins that are really needed, full bins. We used to do it on a static route and now we do it based on the fill level system. That works very smoothly."

Results

"The result for us is that we can empty extra containers, without having to use additional vehicles. With the software, we have much better predictive insights. So, for example with the holidays, Easter, Whit Sunday, or Ascension Day, we get much better predictions. How many vehicles we need to deploy to empty the containers in time."

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Results

Efficient routes and well-timed collections that lower both costs and emissions

Herwin van den Hengel-Planner Omrin: "The result for us is that we can empty extra containers, without having to use additional vehicles. With the software, we have much better predictive insights. So, for example with the holidays, Easter, Whit Sunday or Ascension day, we get much better predictions. How many vehicles we need to deploy to empty the containers in time. The software has contributed to the fact that we have much better customer service, it's also stabilized. We've got less mileage, fewer stops, reduced fuel consumption, and therefore, ultimately, lower CO2 emissions."

Filling levels have been optimized from 60% to now 80%, there's been more peace of mind at the planning department and we've got a whole new area, a huge expansion, included in the dynamic planning.

Westerhof says he is happy with their choice for AMCS’s route optimisation. As a leading global solution provider for the waste and recycling industry, AMCS is continuously focused on providing a technology platform that is industry-specific and process-driven.
"We chose AMCS because they have a proven solution in the waste sector; they are renowned in the waste sector. We made a number of reference visits and, in the end, that confirmed our choice."

Waste Collection in the Netherlands

The company operates 10 materials recovery facilities and collects waste in 18 cities and towns totaling more than 200,000 households and businesses across the three northern municipal regions of the Dutch province of Friesland. Omrin uses AMCS software to optimize their collection routes, which constitutes approximately 400-450 underground, semi-underground, and above-ground residential waste containers. Watch the video interview with Omrin.

Omrin achieves success using the following AMCS solutions:

We don’t empty the containers until they’re completely full which means we have fewer pickups per day and thus a saving.

Niek Westerhof, Operational Manager of Collection & Recycling at Omrin Niek Westerhof, Operational Manager of Collection & Recycling at Omrin

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