VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A new mobile app hopes to clean up parts of the Wabash Valley. “Vigo County Recycles” will help residents get rid of large items and provide alerts about upcoming township cleanups.
Vigo County Solid Waste Management District Executive Director Karrum Nasser said only two counties in Indiana, including Vigo, have an app similar to this one.
“Sometimes a lot of people just don’t know where to go with an item or if it can be thrown away,” Nasser said. “It will be a big help.”
At their fingertips, residents will answer questions and be able to report illegal dumps anonymously. However, Nasser said the most important thing is that the app is an investment in a cleaner community.
“Recycling is supposed to be easy and we just try to make it as easy as possible,” he said. “Many people already get their information from their mobile phones, which gives them quick access to the app.”
The app is user-friendly. Residents enter their address, say what item they want to get rid of, and all available information and options appear.
Officials are looking to build on the cleaning momentum of the previous year:
- VCSWD recycled 286 tons compared to 103 tons in 2020
- VCSWD held 35 e-waste events and disposed of 50 tons of e-waste
- VCSWD conducted 14 township cleanups resulting in the removal of 129 tonnes of waste
- VCSWD shredded 12 tons of sensitive documents with the help of an IDEM grant
“We hope that with these efforts and the app, our community will continue to be clean,” Nasser said.
Users will be able to donate an item instead of disposing of it. An integrated option to help nonprofits struggling to receive donations due to COVID-19 and supply chain issues.
Goodwill continues to need items like men’s clothing and household items, according to President Meredith Osburn.
“The need for donations is always there, to employ people who face barriers and other disadvantages in the workplace,” Osburn said. “Without public donations, we wouldn’t have a mission to support.”
The county’s cleanup efforts last year included the addition of anti-litter signs, and the county saw a reduction in spill violations. In 2022, the objective is to host 25 township clean-ups.
“We hope to have more township cleanups and with the app have all the information that people can use,” County Commissioner Chris Switzer said. “It’s just going to be another great year for us.”
The app is currently in beta mode, which means details such as missing addresses and spelling mistakes are being fixed. It is available on the App Store and Google Play.