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Columbus Trash: There’s an App for That

by Maureen McCabe on April 30, 2013

TrashGo on Twitter

TrashGo is an app for City of Columbus residents.  It’s a reminder.  For anyone outside of the city of Columbus, Columbus  trash pick-up day moves back  after each observed holiday. Observed holidays can make trash day confusing in Columbus, the trash pick-up day moves after New Years, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.   There has been color coded trash pick-up in Columbus for decades.    The revolving calendar is not rocket science… it can cause some confusion.

Ooops I missed one observed holiday,  Columbus Day!  Duh!

Live in Columbus? There is an app now to tell you when your trash pick-up day is.  Go to TrashGo 

( http://trash.cityofcolumb.us/about )   A Columbus Trash Reminder app.

TrashGo: FREE and Easy

  1. Just go to the site, put in your email address.
  2. Confirm the registration, I received an email that said:

“Hello there!

Thank you for registering. You’re almost done! Before we can send you reminders, one last step must be taken to complete your registration.

Please note – you must complete this last step to receive email reminders. You will only need to visit this URL once to verify your account.

To complete your registration, please click here   <—- a clickable link in the email.

The email from TrashGo also has some instructions just in case the link did NOT work.  The link in my email worked fine.

A little reminder

No forgetting there was a holiday since your last trash day and putting it out a day early No more watching to see when the neighbors put their trash out.  No more hearing the roar of the garbage trucks and running through the snow barefoot to put your trash on the driveway across the street.  Yes I have done that more than once.

TrashGo FAQ Duh! 

There is an FAQ that tells some of questions I emailed Dwight Scott who developed the app before looking at the page about the beta carefully. Duh!  My excuse?  I was on my phone when I signed up for TrashGo.  TrashGo on my phone looks like a mobile page (the page does not have FAQ, About and Press tabs on the top) and is scaled to fit the small screen.  The mobile app does have the same info about the next holiday.  Today the TrashGo page says:

“Next Observed Holiday: Memorial Day – Mon May 27, 2013″  

I asked about the recycling pick-up.  Recycling pick-up  is always the same day but every other week. I asked whether there were reminders for big green bins only or if there were reminders on the smaller blue recycling bins too.

Dwight wrote “Yes, it only does the green cans now. Recycling is coming soon, though.”    My Duh? The FAQ on the site answers that question.

Dwight who developed TrashGo is not a city employee.  TrashGo is not a Columbus Refuse site.  You still need the Columbus Refuse Site  for lots of important trash questions, bulk pick-up, yard waste, recycling, unacceptable items… but the reminder site is not there.

The TrashGo site says: “TrashGo is not affiliated with the City of Columbus or it’s Refuse Service.”  TrashGo is new.  It looks like the TrashGo app was launched in January 2013.

TrashGo tweets

TrashGo is on Twitter too. I am the 100th follower of TrashGo on Twitter.   That’s the image at the top:  Columbus Trash: There’s an App for That.

 

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{ 2 comments }

1 Mr. Frog Hauling July 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

This app seems cool, are there reminders yet for recycling? I’ll check out the FAQ page ;) Thanks for reporting this.

2 Maureen McCabe July 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

Dear Mr. Frog Hauling,

I saw a tweet from the app on Twitter that something NEW is coming soon on the app. Yard waste reminder? Recycle reminder?

Thanks for the comment. I was able to take the time to look at your site, see you were local, see your lovely GREEN dumpsters and add the Mr. to your “name.” This site gets a lot of spam and requires a name in the line that says “Name” when leaving a comment. The line that says url gives the business a link. Otherwise it is just comment spam and ends up in the spam filter here. Some spam hits the spam filter automatically and some manually.

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