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Council Helps Make Recycling Easy with Launch of New App

22 February 2016

Derry City and Strabane District Council has become the latest local Council to promote recycling by implementing Bin-Ovation; a new free App that is revolutionising recycling for households and local councils across Northern Ireland.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, and Council’s Waste and Recycling Officer, Julie Hannaway attended the launch of the App at the Guildhall today.

 “This App could eventually save millions of pounds annually never mind the benefits to our local environment,” said the Mayor. “Few people are aware that if a recycling truck is contaminated by the wrong item, the entire load may have to go to landfill adding  significantly at an additional cost of several hundreds of pounds – Bin-Ovation could change all that by helping our local house holders to easily check what goes where.”

Available on smart phones and tablets Bin-Ovation provides absolute clarity on how to treat hundreds of household waste items, giving directions on which Bin an item should go into or whether it should go to a Recycling Centre. The App even adapts to different council areas making sure each region gets the correct recycling information.

“We’re all very excited by Bin-Ovation at Derry and Strabane District Council. As a Council, we’re proud of our efforts to preserve the environment and reduce waste. This app gives us the opportunity to communicate directly with our residents about these issues and can really make a difference. We’re encouraging everyone to download it to their smartphones or tablet devices today.”

The Bin-Ovation App is free to download for all Apple and Android platforms from the App Store or Play Store. It provides information on how to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle waste items, has a handy Bin Collection day reminder service and provides a comprehensive range of information on all aspects of the council Waste Prevention scheme. Using the latest App technology, residents can also get GPS directions to their nearest recycling centre and receive Push Notifications to their device regarding handy tips and relevant facts as well as changes to their bin collection service.

Julie Hannaway added: “We believe the Bin-Ovation App will help improve recycling rates and allow councils to communicate with the house holder more cost effectively, quickly and without having to print materials to inform of new updates.”

For further information visit the Council website at www.derrystrabane.com or go to Bin-Ovation www.bin-ovation.com

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