Council snaps up app designed by young entrepreneurs

May 10, 2013


Recycle for MK helps residents to know what, when and how to recycle. App users are sent a weekly reminder telling them when their collection is due – including any collection date changes over Bank Holidays.
The app was developed by A Level students Oliver Dean pictured and Tom Yates at Walton High as part of the Young Enterprise project, in which students develop a real business.
They set up a company called Appload dedicated to app development and discussed the possibility of producing an app for the school with Cllr David Hopkins, who works as the school’s business manager and is the council’s portfolio holder for waste and environment.
The pair then came up with the idea of creating an app for recycling and waste collections, working closely with the council’s waste team on its development.
Cllr Hopkins 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.”
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 our weekly collection service or whether to take it to a Community Recycling Centre. 
The app’s main features include:
  • A comprehensive guide to what can be recycled and which container it goes in;
  • Collection reminders;
  • Changes to collection days;
  • Cancelled collections;
  • Local Community Recycling Centres.
The app can be downloaded from the Apple app store (for iPhone, iPod and iPad) or through Google Play for Android devices. Search for ‘Recycle for MK’.
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