City of Powell River and qathet Regional District are introducing a new, free app to deliver an improved solid waste collection and education service to residents.
According to a media release, starting June 10, the new qathet Waste Wise app will be downloadable from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The app enhances the curbside reminder service that has been in use since 2019, according to the release stated.
Features of the app include collection calendars and reminders, that will notify users through a push notification. This notification can be displayed on smart phone home screens.
The new app also offers a help tool for users to report missed collection or other waste management service concerns, and the Waste Wizard sorting tool. The sorting tool provides users with answers about the disposal and recycling of everyday consumer items, such as paper, plastic, glass and metals, as well as uncommon items such as motor oil, engine oil, gas, computers and electronics.
“The qathet Waste Wise app is customizable to provide the user with timely reminders on when their garbage, recycling and, coming in 2023, organics will be collected,” stated City of Powell River operations manager Rod Fraser. “The app is not just a garbage day reminder. It offers many functions designed to support residents to be more aware of their waste.”
Collection reminders and waste management service updates by phone call, email, Twitter and iCal will continue. Paper copies of the waste wise guide and curbside collection schedule are available by contacting the city; staff members are available to assist residents to transition to the new app.
The release stated that questions about the app, reminders, curbside collection, or any curbside collection related matter can be directed to the city’s operation services secretary at email@example.com, or by calling 604.485.8657.
“The qathet Waste Wise app offers a comprehensive toolkit designed to encourage better personal waste management and recycling habits,” stated Tai Uhlmann of the regional district’s Let’s Talk Trash team. “We look forward to assisting in the promotion of region-wide initiatives and events through the app.”
qathet Regional District is responsible for long term planning and management of solid waste for the entire region, which includes City of Powell River.
For more information on regional district solid waste management services, go to qathet.ca/waste-management. For resources, articles and general questions about waste and recycling, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 604.485.2260.