Bin there, done that! New app takes hassle out of rubbish collection day

Coun James Lewis.
Coun James Lewis.
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An innovative new app is set to take some of the hassle out of bin collection day for residents in Leeds.

Created by local developer Imactivate using data from Leeds City Council, the pilot version of the app allows people to check their collection days and save the dates to their smartphone or tablet so they get a reminder to put their bins out the night before.

It also has an interactive map showing local recycling sites.

Imactivate is now looking for people to test the app over a six-week period.

Coun James Lewis, the council’s executive member for resources and strategy, said: “The concept for the bin app is simple but the best ideas usually are.

“We’re happy to support digital innovations that help make our services even more accessible to residents, who are increasingly used to online transactions and want to be able to find what they need quickly and easily at times that suit them.”

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “Bin collections are one of the most visible services we provide and are most effective when people put their bins out on time.

“We hope that we can make our data meaningful and the initial test of the Leeds bin app will allow us to assess the potential benefits for residents.

“We don’t usually describe bin collections as exciting, but this development really does have exciting prospects for how we work, educate and engage with people so they can help us to help them achieve the city’s recycling targets.”

Imactivate’s Tom Forth said: “We’re keen to hear what Leeds thinks so we can fix problems and make the improvements the city wants.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the trial can download the Leeds Bins by Imactivate app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.