AH to launch Waste Wizard
By Chad Ingram
Algonquin Highlands is preparing to launch the Waste Wizard, a digital app to assist residents with waste disposal and recycling.
During a Sept. 5 council meeting, Melissa Murray, the township’s environmental co-ordinator, gave councillors a demonstration of the application, which will be housed as an easily accessible web page on the Algonquin Highlands website. As Murray explained, the link can be easily embedded into the websites and social media pages of lake associations, local businesses, etc.
The Waste Wizard allows residents to search items by name to find out how to correctly dispose of them. For items that are not recyclable – black plastics, for instance – the app recommends more sustainable alternatives. For other items, clothing or furniture, for example, it provides local locations of places that accept donations. The township can customize the app to give residents certain instructions for certain items.
The app also provides analytics for staffers. They can see what items are being searched by residents, for example, which as public works director Adam Thorn pointed out, could be useful for landfill planning.
“It does provide a lot of information for staff and the [environment and stewardship] committee going forward,” Thorn said.
Councillors were pleased with the application and its implications.
“It’s all the information you could possibly want in one place,” said Mayor Carol Moffatt.
The township is planning an official launch for the near future.
Algonquin Highlands and Highlands East partnered on the purchase of the app, the annual cost for which is about $3,000, or $1,500 each. Each township can customize its application to suit its needs.