2/13/17 - Geographic Information Systems, or better known as GIS, have greatly impacted the way information is captured, stored and displayed relating to geographic location. Behind a GIS map shown on a computer screen, are layers of data that can be sorted to provide countless information, much like an Excel spreadsheet. The Town’s GIS Division worked with Collierville Public Services to create a GIS inventory system for sanitation carts when the new recycling program began in 2014.“As we passed out the recycling carts, we started adding garbage carts to the system,” said Josh Russell, Assistant Solid Waste Manager. “We are able to upload the carts with tablets out in the field, add any notes, and keep track of where we need to go next.” Previously, cart numbers were recorded by hand in a log organized by street name. Now, with GIS mapping, the Sanitation Division not only has a more reliable system to track inventory, but the capability to compile data in numerous ways. “I can tell how old a cart is by the assigned number,” said Josh. “This gives us a good idea of how many we may need to replace in the near future.” The program also allows the Sanitation Division to locate a cart that may be missing or accidentally swapped out with a neighbor. In addition, data can be compiled to show how many residences have multiple carts.“From an internal perspective, we can gain valuable insight and statistics to ultimately increase our efficiency with sanitation collection,” said John Fox, Public Services Operations. The Streets and Drainage Division of Public Services also uses a similar system developed by the Town’s GIS Division that helps crews locate and monitor ditches, pipes, inlets and other. Streets and Drainage can log details about a specific site relating to erosion and keep track of maintenance records. The Town’s GIS Division has also developed numerous maps for Collierville citizens to utilize including development activity, the sanitation collection schedule, future land use and more.