Marietta is one of the top 50 cities in the world as determined by Smart Cities Connect, winning a Top 50 Smart City award in the community engagement category with the Marietta “Trash Talk” app. (Courtesy of Marietta)

Marietta wins second international award

For the second consecutive year, Marietta is one of the top 50 cities in the world as determined by Smart Cities Connect, winning a Top 50 Smart City award in the community engagement category with the Marietta “Trash Talk” app.

In partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite, Smart 50 Awards annually recognize projects of global smart cities, honoring the most innovative and influential work.

Of the 50 cities, four are from Georgia. In addition to Marietta, they are Atlanta for Soofa Solar-Powered Digital Community Bulletin Board, Atlanta for Improving the Fan Experience and Peachtree Corners for Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners.

Marietta’s Trash Talk sanitation app was awarded since its technology allows residents to better engage with the Marietta Public Works Department by viewing changes to the sanitation calendar, scheduling pickups for items and accessing information about what items can be placed in waste bins.

Noting that last year’s award to Marietta was for smart mobility, City Manager Bill Bruton said, “We are fortunate to have highly skilled employees in both our Public Works and Information Technology Departments who listen to our citizens’ concerns and develop ways to make the city more accessible and available to address any issues that arise.”

The Trash Talk app allows the city’s residents to enter items like “glass” or “paint can” or “motor oil” into the search system to tell them how and where to dispose of these items along with the directions to that specific facility.

Also, the Trash Talk app has a push notification system to inform Marietta residents if there are any changes in normal service days due to inclement weather.

For free, Marietta residents may download this app by visiting their App Store via the iOS system or the Google Play Store and search for “Marietta Trash Talk.”

Once downloaded, the app will enable residents to enter their address and receive various levels of notifications, depending upon their needs.

Information: MariettaGa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2307, spring.SmartCitiesConnect.org/Smart50Awards

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