Along with the fast paced progress of the world in terms of technology, people are also becoming more and more aware of the importance of recycling and reusing all kinds of products. A recent study has proven that people have managed to recycle more today than in the previous decades. In fact, back in 1960, we were only able to recycle 6% of the waste produced in that year. Fast forward to 2012 and we are now able to recycle almost 30% of the waste we produced throughout the year. The said study attributed the huge leap in recycling progress to the amount of technology available today for people who want to recycle things. Simply put, because of technology, we have become very aware of the importance and how-to’s of recycling and we just have to take action!
So what kinds of technologies are we talking about here? Aside from the easy access to curbside recycling bins, newspaper recycling and pickup programs, the amount of mobile apps that teaches recycling and reusing also helps in motivating people to recycle! From recycling newspapers to disposing of used iPhones in an eco-friendly manner, people like us are actually starting to make a difference in this world. If you are one of us who loves the idea of recycling, here are a few apps to help you achieve your personal recycling goals!
Bahrain’s Recycle Map
Another great Android app for recycling is Bahrain’s Recycle App. If you’re living in or travelling to Bahrain and you want to know where the nearest recycling center is, you can easily use your GPS to find out where to take your recyclables. It even gives you a route on the map!
If you’re a very proactive person who likes volunteering and being proactive, you’ll need an app that not only works for your recycling needs but also serves as a great reference. AT&T’s very own Eco-App does exactly this. In a nutshell, the app functions as a recycling center GPS-enabled map for you so that you can find the nearest recycling center in your community. The app is also a great resource for recycling tips, news and events as well as information on AT&T’s paperless billing campaign.
Another profitable product to recycle is aluminum. Recycling aluminum is a cost effective recycling program that not only minimizes the amount of waste we throw away every day, it also cuts costs for landfill maintenance. The great advantage of recycling aluminum is that it can actually be converted to cheap electricity! If you’re all for aluminum recycling, an app called Aluminate can help you manage your aluminum recycling activities, learn new things about recycling and even allow you to share the progress you’re making in the world through social media!
My Recycle List
Another easy way to manage your recycling activities is by trying out My Recycle List. It’s like a grocery list or a to-do list for busy recyclers. Through this app, you can make a list of the things you want to recycle in your house and even categorize them by type. You can place common materials in the house on lists like Electronics (especially if you’re planning on selling your old iPhone), Plastics, Metal, Paper and Glass! It also allows you to find nearby recycling centers along with their contact numbers!
Lastly, if you are a social media geek and recycling advocate at the same time, the perfect app for you is RecyclePix. It’s a lot like Instagram. The only difference is that instead of taking photos of your food, you have to take pictures of you and your recyclables and then share them with the world. The app has Facebook and Twitter integration and even rewards its members for sharing their recycling photos with points and discounts!
**About the Author**
Twila B. is a blogger for Cash for iPhones. Check out her other writings at Cash for iPhones’ news site.