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Never miss garbage day again with the City of Ottawa’s waste collection app

By Greggory Clark on February 1, 2018

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If, like me, you can’t even remember (for a million dollars?) which freaking bin went to the curb last week, then the evening prior to collection day is a standoff – waiting to see which neighbour shoots first. If others have their blue bins out… it’s probably blue bin week, right?

Yet… I know the awful feeling of being startled awake by a roaring waste collection truck and realizing I completely failed to take out the compost, trash or recycling.

Screenshot from the Ottawa Collection Calendar app.

Great news, folks: It’s buried on ottawa.ca, but it turns out the City of Ottawa has a mobile phone app that will send you a reminder on the night before collection day in your neighbourhood – accounting for statutory holidays too.

Ottawa Collection Calendar was developed by ReCollect Systems Inc. using Open Data made available by the municipality. It’s earned a 5-star review from most users and a 4.7 average in the Google Play store. Not even Bathroom Scout or BusBuddy enjoy such a high level of popularity.


Ottawa Collection Calendar is available for free. Download it from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.

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