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Melbourne Council goes digital with recycling app

Hobsons Bay Council in Victoria is releasing the first stage of the Recycling 2.0 App, a digital tool it says will support Hobsons Bay residents to recycle. The mobile phone app offers residents up-to-date information about the kerbside service in an accessible, easy to view format.

This first release includes a number of features that enable residents to have essential service information easily available.

  • Personalised Bin Schedule:Enter your address to find out which bins to put out for the next four weeks. Future releases will include timed bin collections reminders.
  • Which Bin Does This Go In:Enter a household item into the interactive tool to find out which bin it goes in. It also features information about additional recycling options, where available.
  • Provide your feedback:Users can suggest improvements or additional features.

The Recycling 2.0 App was developed with a range of community and user feedback and the Council said it partnered with not-for-profit organisation Code for Australia for the build.

Mayor Cr Colleen Gates described the Recycling 2.0 App is an easy, intuitive platform that she expects 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.

“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,” Gates said.

More features to come

Additional features will be added to the app in coming months, following further user testing and engagement with residents. Plans also include the development of more interactive material and games to make recycling fun. Council welcomes community feedback.

New four bin waste service

The launch of the app comes after the 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.