Dial up details of your bin collections

Herald Series: Matthew Barber Matthew Barber

A NEW smartphone app will help remind residents in southern Oxfordshire when they need to put their bins out.

The app, which is called Binfo, is now available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Android Play Store.

The service tells residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse when their next collection is due, and which type of collection it is — reycling or rubbish for landfill.

And the app will automatically not-ify householders when the timetable is changed due to Bank Holidays or bad weather.

The councils currently run a text message notification service to advise residents about waste collection changes but there is a cost, while the new app is free.

Vale of White Horse District Council leader Matthew Barber said: “I think we are one of the first councils in the country to offer this service and this follows us being a top performer when it comes to recycling.

“The app is free to customers and cost about £5,000 to develop.

“We have also got a deal with the software developer so that we can earn some money if other councils take it up."

Mr Barber, pictured, added that as the ‘app platform’ expanded, the councils would consider using them to keep residents informed on other services.

For more information, visit the council's websites.

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9:44am Tue 24 Jul 12

mickeybear says...

Congratulations all round. This is a win-win deal, by the sound of it, and precisely the sort of creative thinking one would wish local authorities would demonstrate more of.
Congratulations all round. This is a win-win deal, by the sound of it, and precisely the sort of creative thinking one would wish local authorities would demonstrate more of. mickeybear

3:51pm Tue 24 Jul 12

aidan* says...

Must admit, I was skeptical about this at first, particularly over how much it cost to develop. But I now think that this is a great development. Technology is ever-changing and it will continue to affect the way we communicate and share information, and Local Authorities can either keep up or play catch up.
Must admit, I was skeptical about this at first, particularly over how much it cost to develop. But I now think that this is a great development. Technology is ever-changing and it will continue to affect the way we communicate and share information, and Local Authorities can either keep up or play catch up. aidan*

7:41pm Tue 24 Jul 12

abfab123 says...

Technology is and should be ever-changing but are there that many people who can't remember when to put their bins out?
Technology is and should be ever-changing but are there that many people who can't remember when to put their bins out? abfab123

9:50am Wed 25 Jul 12

oxinkytext says...

Given all the services that are being cut, £5,000 of council tax payer's money seems extravagant. Why does a simple app (lets face it, most people will make do with a piece of paper) cost this much?
Given all the services that are being cut, £5,000 of council tax payer's money seems extravagant. Why does a simple app (lets face it, most people will make do with a piece of paper) cost this much? oxinkytext

1:44pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Wally_Boy says...

oxinkytext - £5k is about 5 days work for a developer, so not a bad deal I think. Honestly, some people aren't happy unless they are moaning!!
oxinkytext - £5k is about 5 days work for a developer, so not a bad deal I think. Honestly, some people aren't happy unless they are moaning!! Wally_Boy

12:51am Fri 27 Jul 12

oxinkytext says...

Wally_Boy, 5 days - really? I think you have made the point for me.
Wally_Boy, 5 days - really? I think you have made the point for me. oxinkytext

3:47pm Fri 27 Jul 12

Wally_Boy says...

Freak!
Freak! Wally_Boy

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