The Oyo State Government has launched a mobile app to improve and track waste collection in the state.
This was revealed by the management of Mottainai Recycling, an Oyo state waste management consultant in Ibadan on Thursday.
Ms Uloma Airhienbuwa, Chief Strategy Officer, Mottainai Recycling, said the new initiative aims to simplify waste management in the bellwether states.
She also said the easy-to-use app would help track the “movement and management” of hazardous waste and other solid waste.
According to Ms Uloma Airhienbuwa, the waste management app, which can be downloaded on all smart devices, was designed with user convenience and sustainability in mind, offering several key features to facilitate waste and recycling pickup requests.
“The app also provides clarity on when your trash is picked up and by whom; and the ability to pay your trash bill,” says Uloma Airhienbuwa.
Taking it a step further, Ms Airhienbuwa suggests it also has an interesting and transparent way to incentivize waste sorting.
She said, “The app has a user-friendly interface: The app provides an intuitive and user-friendly interface that makes it easy for waste generators to navigate and make pickup requests with just a few taps.”
“Users can initiate a garbage collection request through the app, specifying the garbage type, quantity, and preferred collection date and time. Users can make this an on-demand request or create an ideal pickup schedule for themselves. Efficient scheduling and coordination between them,” she added.
“The app incorporates GPS technology to enable users to find their specific garbage collection location”, asserts Ms Airhienbuwa.
“To encourage waste sorting, the app employs a points-based system. Users earn points based on the accuracy and responsible disposal practices of their waste sorting. Accumulated points can be redeemed for various rewards, such as discounts on waste management services, or donations to a charity of your choice,” Airhienbuwa added.
Ms. Uloma Airhienbuwa added that the app is being continuously developed to ensure users have a seamless experience when it comes to pickup requests, tracking pickup and payment progress, and earning rewards.