That’s what RethinkWaste, the garbage collection agency serving most Peninsula cities, wants residents to start doing. The agency in November launched a “my-waste” mobile app that aims to make it more convenient for residents to find information on their recycle, compost and garbage collection services using their smartphones.
The free app, available on Apple and Android systems, enables single-family residents in RethinkWaste’s service area to download the information available on the collection agency’s website.
Using the app, residents can make service requests, report a service issue, find contact information, set reminders and check their collection schedules.
“It’s really taking all the information we provide through our website and putting it in the convenience of their smartphones and tablets,” RethinkWaste spokeswoman Monica Devincenzi said.
So far more than 300 users have signed up for the app, according to Devincenzi.
“We’re hoping that people will take a look at it and download it, and find it as an alternative and more convenient way to learn about the programs and services that are available to them,” she said.
Development of the app stemmed from the growing number of residents who rely on their smartphones for information.
“We know that for some people, their smartphones are kind of an extension of who they are...so we wanted to provide a convenient outlet for them to get information, Devincenzi said.
The app also includes information on the Shoreway Environmental Center and the door-to-door Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program in communities where the program is offered.
Residents can download the “my-waste” app through the RethinkWaste website, or directly through Apple and Android app stores. Once the app is downloaded, users must select their state and city, and enter their home address to customize the information.
The app is currently not available for multi-family residences or businesses.
RethinkWaste services the waste and recycling needs of 10 Peninsula communities; Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo, as well as the county of San Mateo and the West Bay Sanitary District.