Victorian council launches recycling app

Council takes four-bin waste and recycling service into the digital space.

Hobsons Bay in Victoria is taking its four-bin waste and recycling service into the digital space with the launch of the first release of the Recycling 2.0 App,

The mobile phone app offers residents important and up-to-date information about the kerbside service in an accessible, easy to view format.

Hobsons Bay Mayor Colleen Gates said the Recycling 2.0 App is an easy, intuitive platform that will grow in capability over the coming months.

“Until now we’ve said if in doubt leave it out (of your yellow and light green bins) but now the Recycling 2.0 App will provide further clarity for residents on which items can go into each bin,” Gates said.

“As we face a very unusual time in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we understand people have bigger worries. However, while we are all spending more time home, this is the perfect opportunity to work out which bin is best for your waste and recycling materials and help reduce contamination levels in the yellow and light green bins.”

The first release includes features such as a personalised bin schedule that allows residents to enter their address address to find out which bins to put out.

Other features include Which Bin Does This Go In, an interactive tool to find out which bin a particular item should go in. The app also features information about additional recycling options, where available.

Additional features will be added in coming months, guided by further user testing and engagement with residents.  Plans include the development of more interactive material and games.

Developed with a range of community and user feedback, council partnered with not-for-profit organisation Code for Australia to build the Recycling 2.0 App.

The launch of the app comes after council commenced its new four-bin waste and recycling service in February which separates waste from resources that can be recovered, leading to better recycling outcomes for glass, mixed recyclables, and food and garden waste.

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