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Ottawa Garbage Collection

This application lets you type in an Ottawa address to find out when your trash/recycling/compost needs to go out to the curb.

Check it out at www.ottawatrash.ca

Dedication

Written in the hopes that the government & citizens of Ottawa can together make garbage collection be more efficient than Ruby's.

Background

This application is written as part of the OpenDataOttawa initiative (see opendataottawa.ca/) and out of frustration by the awkwardness of the UI of the official application of the city (ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/gc/gc.pl).

Thanks to Edward Ocampo-Gooding for the idea of this application, the City of Ottawa for letting is scrape their data, and Heroku for hosting the application.

Bootstrapping the application

This application requires a database of street names and numbers, matched to a trash pickup schedule, and the actual schedules as iCalendar files to run correctly. You can build this database by issuing a rake task:

rake bootstrap
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