Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generates 30% of the world’s garbage. In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her body weight, which for an average adult would leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash at the end of their lifetime.
Less than 2% of the total waste in the United States is recycled. Of these recyclables, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet every three months, enough steel to reconstruct Manhattan, and enough wood to heat 5 million homes for 200 years. U.S. waste disposal costs exceed $100 billion annually.
What it does
Our app incentivizes users to increase their recycling efforts by offering potential earnings on the sale of both standard and raw recyclable materials
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
TIME. Need I say more
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We made a fully functional application that actually works in less than 24 hours and the result of that work is a product which we genuinely believe can help better the environment
What we learned
There is an incredible amount of potential in the applications we build at events like these that can help solve some of the most prevalent problems in this world
What's next for E-Cycle
Mass marketing campaigns to spread awareness about the potential benefits for people pockets and the environment simply by recycling