To avoid confusion about which days recycling and waste collections are made Cardiff Council has launched a pilot text message reminder scheme.
Residents can register by texting or emailing their postcode to the Tidy Text scheme, which sends back the times and dates of collections specifically for their address. Reminders can also be sent weekly if required.
Behind the reminders is a database, covering the city, which links addresses to the collection rounds in each boundary area. Some residents had been confused about which days to put out material because their electoral boundaries did not necessarily match the collection areas or routes. However, the database only goes by the address so it is able to avoid this issue. A council spokesman said that the database will be continually updated to keep up with residential developments in the city.
The scheme was developed with a £50,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly Government and support from the Keep Cardiff Tidy and Keep Wales Tidy campaigns.
A Keep Cardiff Tidy spokesman said: We believe giving the public direct information about collections is the best way to get them to recycle and what could be more direct than sending it to their mobiles?
For more information visit www.tidytext.info