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App makes managing household waste in Central Okanagan easier

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Need a personal reminder in the morning to take out the trash? Do you wonder if that plastic packaging is recyclable and where to take it? There’s an app for that.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds residents of a free mobile phone and tablet application for recycling and garbage, called My-waste.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says downloading the My-waste app is free and easy.

“If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can get the Central Okanagan’s garbage, recycling and collection details right at your fingertips, any time you want them. The My-waste app lets you set up regular reminders for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection," Stewart says. "The app also has hundreds of items listed so you can search what-goes-where, from packaging to hazardous wastes to bulky items. You can customize it to get notifications and reminders of schedule changes and special waste reduction events. It’s like having the Living Greener Recycling and Waste collection calendar right on your smartphone.”

Download the My-waste app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp or search My Waste in the app store on your mobile device. There are currently versions of the My-waste app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.

“This is another convenient way for us to connect residents with local waste disposal and recycling programs. We update information on the my-waste app as needed during the year, so it’s always current. You never need to forget your collection day and that should lead to increased recycling. Everybody wins," Stewart says.

She says information on collection schedules can still be found on the Regional District website, and for those wanting a hard copy, calendars can be downloaded from that site.

Living Greener calendars are also direct mailed to residents who pre-register and order one ahead of time, plus printed copies of the calendar are available at all local government offices in the Central Okanagan and numerous other public facilities. Visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle for a full list of pickup locations.

For more information on the My-waste app, visit regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp, email recycle@cord.bc.ca or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.


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