The focus here is on the demand of municipal and commercial waste management. Against the above mentioned background, planning and optimization of internal & external logistics significantly contributes to the profitability of recycling management. These measures include the design of efficient transport chains and the optimization of complex logistics networks similarly like the optimization of waste collection, waste transport and waste handling to give just a few examples. Another building block for a comprehensive consulting service is the planning of facilities and companies in the field of recycling management. In terms of logistics site consultancy, operational transport and material flow planning or ergonomic design of workplaces, the Fraunhofer IML has already supported several recycling management companies with optimizing their plant logistics.
Further optimization potentials can be developed by the application of innovative hard and software in logistics processes. The Fraunhofer IML supports businesses with the selection, introduction, adaptation, along with purchase of suitable ICT and in addition, elaborates innovative approaches in the area of the mathematical optimization (e.g. in district and route planning) as well as development of software prototypes. Special highlight of the offered range of services by Fraunhofer IML is the testing site Laboratory for Waste Management, Information and Communication Technologies, briefly "WICI".