Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority (RWA) has designed a smart phone app to assist Merced County residents with managing their household waste. The ‘Merced Recycles’ app allows the user to input their home address so that a local trash pick-up schedule can be generated for them; the schedule includes the option of sending personalized reminders to place bins out on the curbside for collection.
The Merced Recycles app also includes an interactive feature called the ‘Waste Wizard’. The Waste Wizard teaches the user what items can be recycled, put in the green bin for composting, or placed in the trash. Customers simply type in an item on the Waste Wizard search engine and receive instructions on which color cart to place the item in, as well as helpful tips to ensure proper disposal. Other information, such as what is considered hazardous waste, or special disposal instructions outside of curbside pickup services, is also provided.
The Merced Recycles app is offered in both English and Spanish and is available for free download on both the Apple app store and Google play. Users should search for “Merced Recycles” and look for this icon: