Open data helps recycling go digital

Open data helps recycling go digital

Open data helps recycling go digital
Open Data on Leeds’ bin collections has been transformed into a handy app and people are now needed to test it.

The pilot version of the Leeds bin app allows people to check their bin day, save the dates to their smart phone or tablet with a reminder to put bins out the night before and morning of their scheduled collection.

The app also has an interactive map showing local bring sites for recycling and the top four most used customer web links on bin collections.

The Leeds bin app was created by local developer Imactivate following a Sustainable Development Lab session in the city. Developers and entrepreneurs were given waste management data sets and invited to pitch solutions based on the information to help the council encourage recycling.

The prototype app will be officially launched at a breakfast briefing tomorrow and Imactivate are now looking for people to test it over a six week period.

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The app development forms part of the Smart Cities programme aiming to provide public services more efficiently through collaboration with local business, information and technology firms.

The app is an example of how Leeds’ is championing new ways of offering public services digitally conveniently, 24 hours a day and in ways that suit them.

“Leeds’ commitment to open data has made developing this service a real pleasure.

“Instead of asking for timetables and permission, we’ve spent our time building a service that we think people will value.

“We’re now keen to hear what Leeds thinks so we can fix problems and make the improvements the city wants.”

Councillor James Lewis, executive member for resources and strategy, said:

“The concept for the bin app is simple but the best ideas usually are.

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