New Zealand's first council-run smartphone application for
waste management was launched in Clutha this week.
Clutha District Council waste minimisation officer Brendon
Harper said the application would put all the information
residents and visitors need to know about rubbish and
recycling in the Clutha district at their fingertips.
He said the ''my-waste app'' was a first for New Zealand, and
had been introduced using funding received from the Ministry
for the Environment for waste minimisation.
The application allows users of mobile devices to download
the full range of rubbish and recycling information,
including wheelie-bin collection schedules, landfill and
transfer station fees and operating hours, and a search
function that lets users quickly find out what to do with a
regular or an out-of-the-ordinary item.
Users could also set optional reminders for their wheelie-bin
day, he said.
''Residents can also look up handy waste-minimisation tips to
help them reduce the amount of waste they create. This
feature is particularly helpful for anyone finding that their
rubbish wheelie bin is fuller than before with the move to a
The Clutha my-waste app also includes a ''report a problem''
function, which allows residents to report missed wheelie-bin
collections, damaged bins, illegal rubbish dumping and even
overflowing public bins.
It is free to download by going to www.cluthadc.govt.nz, or by
searching for ''my-waste'' in either the Apple AppStore or
Google Play. A version for Blackberry is also expected to be
available in the new year.
Mr Harper said it was important to note the my-waste app was
just another way for the council to communicate information
about rubbish and recycling to the community. The council
would continue to distribute printed materials and have
information on its website.