GIS Helps Contractor Locate Courtesy Trash Receptacles

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Municipalities typically pride themselves on the ability to keep
their community clean. Whether that is in the form of street sweeping or
garbage pickup, providing their residents with a clean standard of
living an important part of local government. For the City of Park
Ridge, a problem was occurring where the contractor for garbage
collection was continually missing the pickup of trash at several
courtesy can receptacle locations causing the city to spend time making
multiple phone calls in order to get this trash picked up.

To increase efficiency the City’s Public Works Department decided to
enlist the services of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Division
to help by mapping out all of these receptacle locations with the effort
to further alleviate the confusion. In the beginning, a list of the
locations for each receptacle can was provided to the GIS Department;
thus allowing for the creation of a series of maps detailing each
property of interest, the address of this property and how many trash
receptacles were to be picked up at each location. Once completed, these
maps were passed onto the garbage pickup contractor to field check each
property and markup the map as to where each receptacle can was
situated. After the contractor completed this process, the maps were
then handed back to the GIS Department where these field markups could
become real GIS data.

The rest is downhill from here as the GIS Department could now edit
the data in one centralized location and also generate new maps for
distribution to the contractor to use in the field. Thus saving time
that the city staff may normally be spending to call the contractor and
ask them to return to a site for a missed trash receptacle pickup.

GIS Helps Contractor Locate Courtesy Trash Receptacles

Blog_GISHelpsContractorLocateCourtesyTrashReceptacles.png

Municipalities typically pride themselves on the ability to keep
their community clean. Whether that is in the form of street sweeping or
garbage pickup, providing their residents with a clean standard of
living an important part of local government. For the City of Park
Ridge, a problem was occurring where the contractor for garbage
collection was continually missing the pickup of trash at several
courtesy can receptacle locations causing the city to spend time making
multiple phone calls in order to get this trash picked up.

To increase efficiency the City’s Public Works Department decided to
enlist the services of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Division
to help by mapping out all of these receptacle locations with the effort
to further alleviate the confusion. In the beginning, a list of the
locations for each receptacle can was provided to the GIS Department;
thus allowing for the creation of a series of maps detailing each
property of interest, the address of this property and how many trash
receptacles were to be picked up at each location. Once completed, these
maps were passed onto the garbage pickup contractor to field check each
property and markup the map as to where each receptacle can was
situated. After the contractor completed this process, the maps were
then handed back to the GIS Department where these field markups could
become real GIS data.

The rest is downhill from here as the GIS Department could now edit
the data in one centralized location and also generate new maps for
distribution to the contractor to use in the field. Thus saving time
that the city staff may normally be spending to call the contractor and
ask them to return to a site for a missed trash receptacle pickup.