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Free app alerts Coquitlam residents of waste collection disruptions

Personalized curbside pick-up schedules, reminders and updates at Coquitlam homeowners' finger tips.
Coquitlam has a mobile app for local residents to stay informed on curbside collection services, including updates and disruptions.

Did you forget when the next pick-up day is for your garbage, recycling and organic waste materials in Coquitlam?

There's an app for that.

Property owners are being encouraged to download the city's free mobile Curbside Collection app to stay informed about waste collection, including reminders for your next scheduled day is coming up, as well as potential service disruptions in your neighbourhood.

According to Shannon Hadley, Coquitlam's solid waste and special projects manager, more than 18,000 households are currently receiving customized collection calendars through the app.

She added residents have been able "to stay connected," including when the collection calendar shifts due to STAT holidays or inclement weather.

As well, the tool has a recycling database that allowed the user to search proper disposing methods for specific items.

"The City of Coquitlam does not manage curbside recycling collection," explained Hadley.

"It is a service provided at no cost to residents by Recycle BC, the not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper product recycling throughout British Columbia."

The app is the product of a decade-long partnership with the digital recycling and outreach program ReCollect, the release reads.

For more information on Coquitlam's waste-related services, you're encouraged to visit the city's website.

Smartphone users can download the curbside collection app from the App Store or Google Play.

Wait, what if I don't have a smartphone?

A paper copy of Coquitlam's 2023-24 curbside collection schedule is set to be distributed in mailboxes this week.

But the city is encouraging local residents to consider going paperless for good.

By opting out of the paper collection calendar, Hadley said this can contribute to Coquitlam's goal of being an environmentally-friendly community.

She noted everything on the physical calendar is directly available on the Curbside Collection app.

You can visit the city's website to opt out of receiving the 2024-25 paper calendar.

Residents with computers can also print off a physical copy of a personalized schedule off the city's website, or set up email alerts of collection days.

If you have a landline, the city says you can set up a phone call reminder.