Re: Experiences of Waste or Environmental Smartphone Applications
2015-05-08 12:04:14 UTC
We've done a soft launch of our smartphone app for Waste & Recycling here in Calgary.
Residents can access the app through our municipal website when they search for their garbage & recycling collection schedule:
Calgarians currently have automated cart collection for garbage and recycling, and will be receiving an additional cart for food and yard waste in 2017.
We have run a pilot for food and yard waste collection and within the pilot have tested different collection schedules for garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste.
The intent behind the smartphone app is to assist with the addition of new cart, new materials, and a new day for collection. We are also hoping to reduce the amount of print calendars sent out to residents.
We are working through some of the data issues during this soft launch period as well as trialing bi-weekly education campaigns. We will be promoting the app in our Green Cart (food & yard waste) pilot communities in June and will be launching a larger promotional campaign for the rest of the city in 2016.
Click-thru traffic from the app reminders to our website has increased and we've been meeting once every four months to plan our app-based campaigns for the following business quarter.
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.
City of Calgary
ICI (Industrial, Commercial & Institutional) certification, award & social marketing programs
2014-07-18 15:43:39 UTC
Looking to gather information about successes and opportunities for certification programs, awards for waste specific initiatives, and social marketing directly attached to waste diversion and reduction for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector.
Any advice pertaining to municipalities running these programs would be greatly appreciated.
City of Calgary
Re: Best Practices for Office Waste Diversion Strategies
2013-10-28 12:11:07 UTC
Our office uses several different systems for our waste.
At our desks we have small plastic bins for garbage and recycling (the garbage bin is about 1/4 the size of the recycling bin), the garbage is collected each evening, whereas the recycling is disposed of by each employee to a larger centralized recycling station.
Our recycling is mixed or co-mingled, we accept paper, plastic, glass and metal.
In rooms with printers, plotters, and photocopiers there is a location for office paper recycling.
We do collect refundables like bottles and cans in a designated area.
Organics are collected in small kitchen catchers located in all the kitchens and disposed of into larger outdoor bins where they are susbsequently collected each week.
In our washrooms we have two bins, one for paper towels which we add to our organics for composting, and another for actual garbage.
This all sounds very complicated, but it seems to work well. Our education team runs a 'Lunch N Learn' once or twice a year to keep staff up to date with the acceptable and unacceptable items. We also have signage on all the shared diversion stations to promote participation and decrease contamination.
City of Calgary
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