There you are. Dazed and confused, staring at all the recycling bins to choose from. Is my trash compost? Mixed paper? Landfill?

This is exactly the problem that should never exist in the 21st century. We have technology!!!

Knowing how to recycle, trash, or compost waste can be difficult. We wanted to make an app that solves the waste sorting problem for you.

What it does

The app allows you to take a picture with your phone of an item, and can identify what the item is and what kind of waste receptacle it can be placed in. You can also ask Amazon Alexa the amount of items you have successfully sorted.

How we built it

Images taken from an Iphone app are uploaded to a server, where IMB watson uses its machine learning to identify the object. The server then uses a database to send the type of bin the object should be put into back to the app user.

Challenges we ran into


Accomplishments that we're proud of

It works!

What we learned

How to use IMB watson's API.

What's next for Bin It to Win

In the future, we would like Bin it to Win it to learn which objects are which based on user inputted. We would also like to have it be able to identify more objects, with greater accuracy.

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