City website makes remembering garbage day as easy as a click of a button

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(Courtesy City of Williamsburg.)

The City of Williamsburg has unveiled a new feature on its website that will remove burdens associated with trash and recycling.

“This is yet another great way to use technology to make one of the most important City services a little easier for the public,” said the City’s IT Manager Mark Barham.

Williamsburg residents can now sign up for a new software tool named ReCollect on the City’s website by simply providing their home address.

Once signed up, citizens will be provided garbage and recycling schedules and reminders prior to collection day. Residents can choose between several forms of notification, including phone calls, texts, emails and even tweets sent to their personal account.

“The main focus is scheduling, but it does so much more,” said Communications Specialist Lee Ann Hartman.

By clicking “What Goes Where,” the new software will also allow residents to search by specific items they wish to dispose of, such as pizza boxes, laptops or cleaning supplies, before informing them of how to dispose of it. If the item in question is neither recyclable nor accepted by trash collection services, the website will provide directions to locations where it can be disposed.

“Residents now have the option to receive a reminder using ReCollect’s notification service,” says Dan Clayton, the City’s Public Works and Utilities Director. “And this will allow us to send out a notification, if necessary, that solid waste services have been delayed due to something like faulty equipment or weather related issues.”

Signing up for the new software does not require a username or password — just a home address.  The new tool can be found under “Garbage and Recycling” on the City’s website and on the Mobile App, Williamsburg Wayfinder.