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Free app alerts Coquitlam residents of waste collection disruptions

Personalized curbside pick-up schedules, reminder and updates at your 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.

Today (June 16), the city is reminding local residents of its free mobile app that keeps them informed about curbside waste collection, including reminders when your day is coming up and if there are any service disruptions.

In a release, Shannon Hadley, Coquitlam's solid waste and special projects manager, says those who choose to use it can customize to set collection updates for garbage and green carts.

She adds it's also a way "to stay connected" as it alerts residents of any changes, including when the collection calendar shifts due to statutory 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," explains 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 2022-23 curbside collection schedule is set to be distributed in mailboxes this week.

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.