VERNON, CT – Blue bin or Brown bin? Vernon officials have brought in a recycling coach to help with the ever-present question.
Mayor Daniel Champagne recently announced that Vernon residents have a new way to help manage household waste disposal and recycling.
On Feb. 25, town officials launched the “Recycle Coach” mobile application. The app, available
through the iTunes Store and Google Play, is free of charge and offers residents a “personalized refuse and recycling collection calendar and a geo-location reporting tool that notifies the Vernon Public Works Department of collection status. “
Residents can also learn about proper disposal information for more than 10,000 household items using the “What Goes Where” search tool, officials said.
Recycle Coach can also be accessed from desktop computers and through digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, offivciials said.
“The town is committed to making recycling and reducing waste easier and more efficient for our residents, schools, and businesses,” Town Administrator Michael Purcaro said. “In addition to our textile recycling program, Simple Recycling, which launched in December, Recycle Coach is another convenient way to partner with our residents to identify and properly dispose of household waste. These programs help us to make better disposal decisions, protect our natural resources, and help Vernon achieve its sustainability goals.”
“Vernon residents take recycling seriously, which is reflected in the volumes we collect,” said Peter Griffiths, the supervisor of refuse and recycling for the Vernon DPW. “We are always
looking for ways to improve our programs and services. In today’s world, most people have smartphones and computers and are familiar with apps. The Recycle Coach app will help to answer many of the questions that residents have regarding proper recycling. The app is easy to use and provides a variety of useful information.”
Recycle Coach is used by municipalities across the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
To learn more about Recycle Coach, visit recyclecoach.com.
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