This post is my proposal (my idea) to Google Maps for 2020, and I think is also the dream of many others.
Caption: a Local Guide taking photos of abandoned waste, for reporting them - photos: Local Guide @ermest
The idea is quite simple, this video is explaining it. Of course, this is the view from the Local Guide Side
To know how this system works (in my mind only, at the moment):
please have a look to the following picture
Caption: a graphical representation of the Waste Reporting Idea - The picture is representing an idea, not something that is already working on Google Maps - Local Guide @ermest
This is an idea of synergy between three parts:
Local Guides <> Google Maps <> Local Waste Companies
Caption - The Waste Reporting Cycle - Local Guides @ermest
Google Maps could build up an interface for reporting abandoned trash or polluted areas, and send the information, loaded by Local Guides, to Local Authorities/Waste companies that are in charge for the clean-up of the area.
The Easy part:
The transfer of Information / Data between Local Guides and Google Maps is simple:
Local Guides are already inserting data in Google Maps, directly in point that are not related to POI:
Information related to Missing or wrong road (Send a feedback)
Adding one more information is always possible
The Difficult part:
The difficult side is the interface between Google Maps and Local Authorities and/or Waste companies
I am thinking about something like Google Transit program, where local companies can join the program and update the information.
In this case, Local Companies can join the program, receive information, and send feedbacks to Google Maps, for confirming or denying the report
This is the more difficult part, because the Waste Companies need to register and identify in the map the area of activity (reporting will be possible only in areas covered by a Local Authority or a Waste Companies registered in Google Maps).
This means that the registration interface must have the capability for this function.
In Italy Waste Companies are operating according to administrative areas, so it is quite easy to identify the area covered by the service, but I don’t know how it works in other Countries
As I am aware of the cost of this kind of project, so I am thinking about two steps:
In the first step the program should by run, as a beta test, only in a few areas where local waste companies can set an agreement with Google
In the second step, the registration platform should be built and activated
Of course, we can go deep with more details, if needed. At the moment I am curious to know what the other Local Guides think of this idea