COUNCILS have introduced a new app to allow residents to check waste collection services.

'Binzone' is available to download for people living in areas covered by South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council.

The app allows residents to enter their postcode and check which bin is being emptied and on what day.

Users will also get a notification if their waste collection day changes due to a bank holiday allowing people to keep track of what day bins will be emptied over the Christmas period.

It will also let residents know if collections are disrupted by snow or icy conditions.

The app also allows residents to search for which bin certain items should be put in if they are unsure.

Councillor Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste at the Vale of White Horse District Council, said, “The app is so easy to navigate and will save residents time by having all the information needed right at their fingertips, especially the changes to collection days around bank holidays.”

Last week bad weather conditions disrupted waste collections across the county with trucks unable to reach houses on icy side roads.

Councillor Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste at South Oxfordshire District Council said, “If the weather worsens again this winter I think the Binzone app will come into its own by keeping our residents informed on what is happening to their collections.

"It is very handy to have the information in one place.”

Binzone is available to download free of charge on the iPhone Appstore and the Google Play Store.