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A Coupla Cools Apps – Funk Parade (this Saturday!!) and How to Dispose of Something in D.C.?

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From the Funkiest:

The DC Department of Funk is excited to announce the updated Funk Parade app for iOS and Android!

Check schedules, navigate the event, discover bands and more using the free downloadable app, developed and by the #funkpowered creative minds at Deloitte Digital.

Now festival goers have a simple way to figure out who is playing where and when, while also discovering new and talented up and coming local artists at the same time.


Google Play:


• Schedule of Events–see who’s playing and when

• Map–follow the parade route and locate stages

• Explore Artists–get to know and connect with artists

• Featured Playlist–listen and discover over 60 tracks from the performing artists”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lydia Polimeni

From DPW:

“It’s not always easy remembering which items are recyclable, which items require scheduling a bulk pick-up, and which items are considered household hazardous waste. To take the guesswork out of waste disposal and recycling, the Department of Public Works (DPW) has created a new web app that allows residents to type in almost any item they can think of, after which they will be provided with information on how that item should be properly disposed of, recycled, reused or composted in the District.

“Since the web app first launched on April 10, more than 3,400 items have been searched,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “We recognize that people lead busy lives and that remembering what goes where may not be top of mind. That’s the beauty of this app–when you’re unsure, just ask the app.”

If an item isn’t available in the app, residents may suggest new items through the online tool. At the suggestion of residents, DPW has already added several items, including wine corks, electric toothbrushes, and frozen food bags. Of the items that have been searched, here are the top 5:

  1. Disposable batteries
  2. Plastic bags
  3. Pizza boxes
  4. Paper cups
  5. Plastic take-out containers

In addition to the app, DPW added a new recycling game for children on the District’s Zero Waste website. The game teaches kids how to properly sort common household items, such as milk cartons, by giving them five options: recycling bin, trash bin, bulk pick-up,* Fort Totten Transfer Station, or a composting food waste drop-off. Once the item is properly placed, the player advances to the next level.

As a reminder, information about waste, recycling, composting, and much more is available on the District’s Zero Waste website. The Zero Waste website was created in 2017 as a one-stop resource for DC residents, businesses, and visitors.

*DPW collects large, bulky items by appointment from residential households that receive DPW trash collection service. To make an appointment, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 or visit”


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