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Trash Day web and mobile app launched

July 1, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Residents can easily access their trash and recycle collection schedules and sign up for reminders.

BOSTON - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of Trash Day, a new web and mobile app that allows residents to easily access their trash and recycle collection schedules and sign up for reminders via text, email or phone.

"We are always looking for ways to be responsive to residents' needs in new and innovative ways," said Mayor Walsh. "This tool is a simple way for us to share information that affects nearly all of Boston residents on a daily basis."

Residents can decide when they want to get their Trash Day reminders, which will also include helpful details such as what's being picked up that week and information on special collections (e.g., leaf and yard waste). Trash Day also makes it easy to find out how to dispose of various items, including recyclable or hazardous waste.

"The easier it is to look up what you can and can't recycle, the more likely you are to put items in the right bin and divert waste away from a landfill," said Interim Commissioner of Public Works Michael Dennehy. "Every little bit helps."

This project was undertaken after an analysis of calls to the Mayor's Hotline showed a high volume of inquires related to trash collection, especially during holiday weeks. Now, Trash Day will automatically notify residents if their pickup schedule is adjusted due to a holiday.

Trash Day reminders and collection schedules are available through the City's website and through the free iOS or Android mobile app.

The launch of Trash Day is supported by the City's Department of Innovation and Technology's Digital Team, and is one of many efforts to deliver a more welcoming and useful digital experience to members of the Boston community.

For other issues citywide, residents are encouraged to call the Mayor's 24 Hotline at 617-635-4500 or use the Citizen's Connect smartphone app.