Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Rubbish and recycling route change takes out another award

Rubbish and recycling route change takes out another award

Palmerston North City Council has scored another award for smart thinking that’s harnessed GIS technology to improve the city’s rubbish and recycling system.

At the New Zealand Esri Awards, the project won the Eagle Technology Excellence in GIS Award, this follows on from it being awarded the 2014 GIS Project of the Year Award back in April.

GIS analyst and programmer Lucas Mostyn says GIS is all about using technology to analyse and display geographic information.

“Our rubbish and recycling division had become frustrated by the old piecemeal routes which had become unworkable in an 8-hour day.

“They came to us with the problem and we worked with them and we’ve been awarded for that initiative. I’d like to thank my colleagues Allan Davey, Natasha Simmons and Pip Chrystall, as without them this project would not have been as successful as it has been.”

“We worked out the best routes for the rubbish trucks so they don’t overlap,” says Lucas, “We have reduced right-hand turns in each route to make the drive smoother and safer and limited the number of streets missed during rubbish collection.”

“The rubbish and recycling collection service is now much improved, residents can go online to a database that gives them information about rubbish collection for their address, and rubbish truck drivers have better-designed routes that are easier and safer to drive.”

New Zealand Esri Awards judges said they were impressed with the innovative thought behind the project and said it demonstrated just how important GIS can be when solving a complex issue like rubbish and recycling routes and bringing about change.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news