Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tracking plays an important role in gathering, managing and analyzing data to help us understand our behaviors, improve our processes and become better and more efficient with zero waste. From recycling haulers who track their vehicles, to collecting the lifecycle analyses of products by tracking their route to recycling or landfill, GIS and computer tracking are important tools.
GIS In Hauling
GIS can be used on data and information for a range of things in the management of waste. Waste 360 explores this further with GIS applications for planning for a whole host of topics like landfill management, yard waste (organics) facilities, transfer stations and the collection of materials.
GIS In Pollution Tracking
GIS can also be used to track and monitor pollution in our oceans. For more, check out this video from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff person.
To better track and assess the environmental impact of our products, materials and waste, lifecycle analyses (LCAs) are being used more and more. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has worked on LCAs for things like packaging and wasted food.
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