Do we need an app for bin day?

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

DO YOU for­get which day is bin day and madly scram­ble to put the bin out when you hear the garbage truck pull into the street?

Ip­swich City Coun­cil is help­ing its res­i­dents by launch­ing the Bin App, set up by Ip­swich Waste Ser­vices to give res­i­dents quick and easy ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion they need for bin night.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil waste and re­cy­cling spokesman Vince Haber­mann said while Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil was not cur­rently con­sid­er­ing a sim­i­lar phone app, Bund­aberg al­ready had a strong and in­ter­ac­tive fo­cus with the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing its mes­sag­ing for waste and re­cy­cling.

He said sev­eral ini­tia­tives were al­ready in place to as­sist res­i­dents ac­cess in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing col­lec­tion days for waste and re­cy­cling bins.

Th­ese in­clude on­line in­for­ma­tion via the coun­cil’s web­site at www.bund­aberg.qld.gov.au where a timetable of col­lec­tion days is avail­able to be down­loaded and printed.

A limited quan­tity of pre-printed col­lec­tion day cal­en­dars is avail­able on re­quest by con­tact­ing 1300 883 699.

Cr Haber­mann said most res­i­dents were aware of the weekly col­lec­tion day for waste and the fort­nightly date for re­cy­cling.

“How­ever, we do un­der­stand that new res­i­dents may not be aware of the col­lec­tion dates, and a phone call to coun­cil on 1300 883 699 will en­able the in­for­ma­tion to be pro­vided. Al­ter­na­tively, call into any Coun­cil Ser­vice Cen­tre where staff can as­sist.”

The NewsMail’s Face­book fol­low­ers had mixed feel­ings on whether a bin app was nec­es­sary.

Ann Fisher Reid said that folk com­plained about what was termed the nanny so­ci­ety.

“Is there noth­ing we can do on our own th­ese days?” she asked.

“Where is the sense of self-re­spon­si­bil­ity?”

But Ros Matthews said although she re­mem­bered each week, she could see the merit in the app.

“Very use­ful for those new to the area or who don’t re­mem­ber,” Ms Matthews said.

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