Garabage collection redesign

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Garbage collection is an essential service provided by municipal
government that, in many communities, has become ingrained in the weekly
routine of community residents. While collecting garbage seems like a
straight forward process, often there are weeks or months of planning
that are necessary to determine pickup locations for a given route that
are efficient in both time and resources. Recently, the Village of
Winnetka Public Works department decided to reallocate their garbage
collection pickup locations to help maximize the efficiency of each
truck driver’s route. To assist with this, the Village GIS department
provided support during both the planning and implementation stages of
the project.

The first step in developing new garbage collection zones was to
determine how the current pickup locations related to each other
spatially within the Village. Prior to integrating GIS into this
project, the Village used a series of address lists to determine the
truck driver’s routes. These lists often had overlapping address ranges,
which could lead to confusion for new or replacement drivers. This also
did not provide an option for the drivers to see how the addresses were
distributed in relation to each other, which could often lead to them
taking an inefficient route to pickup each address. Using these address
lists, the GIS department mapped out each collection area and provided a
map to the Public Works department for review. The map showed the
department how the driver’s routes were distributed across the Village,
which allowed them to notice several inefficiencies that were not
obvious using the address lists alone. Utilizing the maps, the
department was able to successfully reallocate the pickup locations
within the collection areas to improve both driver time and resource
efficiency.

To help implement the new routes, the GIS department developed a
series of smaller maps that are used in the garbage trucks to assist the
driver’s in learning the new pickup locations. The maps not only help
the drivers to see where new pickup locations are in each collection
area, but they also allow for the drivers to see the street layout
within the collection area to help determine the best possible pickup
route. By combining the reallocated collection locations determined by
the department office staff with the ability to see the Village streets
in the surrounding area, the maps provide a powerful tool for drivers to
use in determining the best collection route.

By using GIS as a tool for visualizing its garbage pickup locations,
the Village has been able to improve the efficiency of the driver’s
routes while not reducing the level of service provided to its
residents. While the address lists used previously can still be
referenced for individual pickup locations, the maps act as a
supplemental, quick reference tool to see how these locations are
distributed spatially across the Village.

Garabage collection redesign

Blog_Garabage_collection_redesign.jpg

Garbage collection is an essential service provided by municipal
government that, in many communities, has become ingrained in the weekly
routine of community residents. While collecting garbage seems like a
straight forward process, often there are weeks or months of planning
that are necessary to determine pickup locations for a given route that
are efficient in both time and resources. Recently, the Village of
Winnetka Public Works department decided to reallocate their garbage
collection pickup locations to help maximize the efficiency of each
truck driver’s route. To assist with this, the Village GIS department
provided support during both the planning and implementation stages of
the project.

The first step in developing new garbage collection zones was to
determine how the current pickup locations related to each other
spatially within the Village. Prior to integrating GIS into this
project, the Village used a series of address lists to determine the
truck driver’s routes. These lists often had overlapping address ranges,
which could lead to confusion for new or replacement drivers. This also
did not provide an option for the drivers to see how the addresses were
distributed in relation to each other, which could often lead to them
taking an inefficient route to pickup each address. Using these address
lists, the GIS department mapped out each collection area and provided a
map to the Public Works department for review. The map showed the
department how the driver’s routes were distributed across the Village,
which allowed them to notice several inefficiencies that were not
obvious using the address lists alone. Utilizing the maps, the
department was able to successfully reallocate the pickup locations
within the collection areas to improve both driver time and resource
efficiency.

To help implement the new routes, the GIS department developed a
series of smaller maps that are used in the garbage trucks to assist the
driver’s in learning the new pickup locations. The maps not only help
the drivers to see where new pickup locations are in each collection
area, but they also allow for the drivers to see the street layout
within the collection area to help determine the best possible pickup
route. By combining the reallocated collection locations determined by
the department office staff with the ability to see the Village streets
in the surrounding area, the maps provide a powerful tool for drivers to
use in determining the best collection route.

By using GIS as a tool for visualizing its garbage pickup locations,
the Village has been able to improve the efficiency of the driver’s
routes while not reducing the level of service provided to its
residents. While the address lists used previously can still be
referenced for individual pickup locations, the maps act as a
supplemental, quick reference tool to see how these locations are
distributed spatially across the Village.