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Changeworks Recycling Ups Its Game Through New ‘PODFather’ Tech

Ken McLean


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Edinburgh-based recycling social enterprise has opted to use a pioneering cloud-based electronic proof of delivery to streamline logistical complexities. 

Changeworks Recycling, one of Scotland’s largest environmental charities has switched to a pioneering Cloud-based Proof of Delivery solution to help them streamline operational efficiencies for waste recycling collections. The organisation has adopted PODFather Electronic proof-of-delivery (e-POD) ‘ticket’ delivery system on a Cloud-based platform to collate information at the completion of every successful logistics transaction.

PODFather enables Changeworks to resolve every job across its collection and distribution business. A signature on an Android/iOS-enabled device is all that is needed to bring the task to conclusion and allow a raft of real-time back office reporting, invoicing and delivery data to be collected, collated and archived.

Changeworks collects recyclable waste from over 30,000 client sites per month. Maintaining a 99.5% service record is a huge logistical task across its considerable fleet of vans and bin lorries, collecting everything from waste paper, food, cans and plastic bottles, to fluorescent tubes, printer cartridges and electrical waste. Most customers are on weekly, fortnightly or monthly collection cycles but ad-hoc collections are covered as well.

The logistics of managing this complex collection cycle has seen the organisation implement the PODFather system for both back-office logistics management and real-time tracking and electronic proof of collection through driver smartphones. The existing solutions didn’t allow for multi-person use and was limiting communications.

Using Tech to Meet Customer Needs

A spokesperson for Changeworks said: “The frequency of our service needs to match with our customer’s needs, which are dictated by volume and storage constraints. This means we have a highly variable uplift pattern.

“The challenge for us was to devise the most efficient way to manage and optimise our vehicle logistics. Furthermore, year on year, our customer base continues to grow, and we realised we needed to further enhance our reporting procedures and data management systems to both support our clients demands and continuously improve our own efficiencies.

“We had a bespoke legacy reporting system which was ten years old and by migrating to the PODFather system, we now provide fully traceable order processing, customer management, and invoicing systems.”

The charity’s drivers use PODFather to complete daily vehicle safety checks, download route manifests, and confirm details of how much and what type of waste is collected at each customer site. The driver-collected data is available to the office staff in real-time and eliminates the need for manual re-entry of data, gives greater accuracy of invoices, reduces invoice queries and ultimately, improves cash flow.

Peace of Mind for Management 

The entire management team can review an assortment of vital data, reporting for example, the type, value and volume of recyclables collected on a daily or weekly basis and this reportage is a core element in how we understand what our customers’ requirements are. Moreover, the organisation is currently scaling up operational efficiency.

It now has complete peace of mind that when a job is allocated to a vehicle using this system, it has comprehensive reporting summary by return, which means its administration is tighter, the need for paper-based systems minimised and logistics costs are kept to a minimum.

Overall, the waste management sector because of its particular blends of complex route management and recurring collection schedules, has to continually embrace technologies that will enhance customer service.

Colin McCreadie, Managing Director, PODFather comments: “Being Cloud-based means businesses like Changeworks don’t need to worry about server infrastructure. All that is needed is their drivers having the right iOS or Android-enabled handset which can incorporate the PODFather app and all the infrastructure then works through this in real-time.

“PODFather provides the business with powerful routing and optimisation tools, but more importantly, streamlines efficiencies and cuts down on the reams of end-to-end delivery paperwork which can hamper organisational and administrative processes across any size of organisation.”


Ken McLean, founder and MD, Changeworks Recycling Ltd.

Ken McLean

Founder & General Manager, Changeworks Recycling Ltd.

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