Archive for February, 2012

Research and individual problem solution

Posted: February 19, 2012 by rhromm in Uncategorized

Our group chose to do recycling for our problem, and have thrown around many ideas for solutions. We have discussed everything from applications, to credits, to smart trash cans. As a company we want to reduce the waste, and increase consumers recycling.

I see a major problem with recycling being outside the home. Often at restaurants, shopping venues, and other public facilities were recycling cans are not easily accessible or clearly marked. Something such as a smart trash can would help to alleviate massive quanitities of waste. These smart cans can either filter through the waste, or be much simpler with a recording system that relays the recyclable to an app. The idea is to reduce the amount of recyclables entering regular trash cans due to laziness, or lack of proper recycling cans, as well as lack of knowledge of what can be recycled in the few available recycling cans.

The idea itself was introduced amongst our group prior to research. The idea is not a new idea, and is apparently such a hot topic the Wall Street Journal reported on it.

The report also talks about a different type of trash cans capable of containing a chip that is used to track recycables and relay them to a system that pays per pound.


Our company’s goal is to promote more recycling to more American’s and improve society. Many Americans do not care to think about where their waste is going and our company would like to change the average American and their ways of recycling. If Americans did not have to focus so much on the concept of how to discard their recyclables, than more recycling would get done. We thought as a company to make it so Americans did not feel that had to focus on where the waste goes, we would create a so-called smart trashcan. Along with this trashcan, we would set up an electronic app. The recycle bin will have a way to be linked to your phone or email to send your points for every recyclable. Different amounts of points will add up to different rewards that can be received. When you log onto your recycling account, it will show coupons and rewards available for points you have accumulated. It will also send alerts to inform the amount of recycling done in our community and how our recyclables are being used. There will be a way to link all of the individual family member accounts together to add all the points as a family for better rewards. This is a way to encourage the family as a whole which could then motivate other families to jump on the bandwagon. Also, for every friend referred to this electronic app, points are rewarded to the person who referred them. Each recycle bin will have the recycling laws posted on them to make the community more aware of what can and cannot be recycled in certain areas. This will alleviate the thought that people would have to put into when recycling. With the newer smart recycle bins and the rewards that go along with the recycling process, we feel that it will make it more fun to be aware of recycling in the community and it will promote more recycling in the community. If people feel like they are getting something in return for their good deed of recycling, they will continue and it will become habit.

The following link presents ideas similar to what our company had in mind as far as logging into their account to receive rewards for recycling. We are simply taking their idea and building on it by adding a smart recycle bin to help inform those who are trying to learn the benefits of recycling. This website shows that points can be earned by living green in other ways than just recycling which we could eventually branch off on as the community grows stronger in the first step of recycling and going green. With our idea on the smart recycle bins, and building on to this similar idea, I feel we can promote more recycling in the community.

Individual Solution and Research

Posted: February 19, 2012 by James Blinco in research
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Our goal as a company is to change how the average American does recycling. We feel that people can get confused by the ambiguity associated with recycling rules. We will alleviate this issue with our new trashcan and electronic application. Our new recycling bin will be able to communicate with a person’s cell phone and send the phone text messages. The text messages will contain coupons and other offers on goods made from recycled materials. Each cell phone will have an account attached to an email to help keep track of coupons. We decided to couple phone numbers and email addresses together to accommodate users without access to a smart phone. Accounts will be able to hold more than one phone number so we encourage family and friends to team up to get more offers. The smart phone application will also contain a database of the recycling laws. The user can sort the information based on location so he or she can easily find what can and cannot be recycled in his or her community. The combination of the phone app with all its capabilities and the smart recycling bins we believe will promote recycling on a much larger scale in all communities.

This is a link to website with similar ideas to ours. Users create accounts and receive perks in the form of coupons based on how much they recycle. Accounts accumulate points by how often they recycle, not on quantity alone.  This website has a great idea and we essentially are taking what they have started and furthering it. We want to have that kind of point accumulation tie into the recycling bins themselves. I believe our idea will allow us to do that and have more people recycling in an area.

Our project is finding a better way for the average person in any community and home to be able to recycle smarter and easier. For people to be able to do this, we will be designing a smart recycling can that will be linked to your phone, so that it will send you text messages about what you throw into the bin and points you will earn. This technology will also be linked to the computer so if for some reason you do not have a phone you can still keep track of your points. The points will go towards earning coupons, and the way you earn points is by recycling more and more of the right materials. I feel that people will be excited to have this product in their homes, because it will be a fun way to get the family and communities together and recycle, plus it will allow people to get something back in return for doing a good deed.

In this link students at MIT participated in a recycling game, Greenbean Recycle, which is exactly what we want to do with ours. Students brought their recycled goods to a vending machine, and typed in their phone number. After they recycled their things, it would send a barcode back to the computer and to their account which keep track of what they recycled, and the top recyclers got special prizes.


Smart compactor trash cans

Posted: February 17, 2012 by rhromm in Uncategorized

Check out the simple style of this can. It could be used to register for the app.

… so they already have smart recycling cans

Posted: February 15, 2012 by Katie Banko in Uncategorized

this link shows how they did it, and the percentage at the starting was 6% that went to 90% after they were finished.

there is a quick video on that page that you can watch. its pretty cool, so i guess we could expand off that. and make it better…

Focus Ideas

Posted: February 14, 2012 by James Blinco in Uncategorized

Hey all,

I was looking at some websites and wondering why people don’t recycle. One common theme that I saw was that people were confused by recycling. Mainly by what could be recycled and what could not. So the idea that I had was maybe design an app that had an easy to use database of what can and cannot be recycled based on the state and county. To make people want to use it, maybe people can enter into the app when recycling pick up day is and have coupons or something on good made from recyclables?  Let me know what you think.