Phone app shows it IS easy being green

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A new phone app has been launched to help city residents know when, what and how to recycle – thanks to a Young Enterprise group.

Residents using the app can be sent a weekly reminder telling them when their collection is due – and it takes into account any date changes following a Bank Holiday.

Anyone unsure of whether a particular item can be recycled can look it up on the app and it will tell them whether it can go in the council’s weekly collection service or whether to take it to a Community Recycling Centre. 
It can be downloaded from the Apple app store, for iPhone, iPod and iPad or through Google Play for Android devices – just search for “Recycle for MK.”
The app was developed as a result of a Young Enterprise project at Walton High School in which students develop a real business. A Level students Oliver Dean and Tom Yates set up a company called Appload dedicated to app development and discussed the possibility of producing an app for the school with Councillor David Hopkins who works as the school’s business manager.
Councillor Hopkins, who is also portfolio holder for waste and environment at Milton Keynes Council, said: “This is an excellent example of young people taking the initiative in an enterprising way. They have created an extremely useful app which is free to download and will help avoid confusion over what can and cannot be recycled and remind users of revised collection days.”