What is the issue that Recycle, Donate, and Substitute resolves? Well let's take the example of a soda can. You might think, why do I need to recycle this small item and it's not like it's going to bring a huge difference to the environment. Well that's where the major issue is which this app wants to bring attention to. So, when recyclable items are tossed into garbage instead of recycling, they eventually end up in landfills. Now you may be like what's wrong about that… Well, these items take up valuable space that could otherwise be occupied by non recyclable materials. According to data from Waste Business Journal, American Landfills only have about 11 -16 years of capacity left. So once these landfills reach capacity, new areas will need to be repurposed to create new landfills, and most of the areas repurposed are generally rural areas bringing harm, when normally these areas could help sequester carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, thus affecting the environment.
While some people have the luxuries of throwing away reusable items, other communities lack resources. Recent estimates for global poverty are that 9.2% of the world, or 689 million people, live in extreme poverty on $1.90 or less a day, according to the World Bank. The other issue Recycle, Reuse, and Substitute tackles is poverty. There are 775 million people in the world who are illiterate, with another 152 million children set to follow in their footsteps because they aren't attending school. With such large-scale problems like this, we need to provide resources and the great thing is we already have them, one might even say an excess of them.
What it does
Recycle, Donate and Substitute allows for users to sort their trash and potentially donate them and/or check listings for free donations.
Challenges I ran into
There was an issue with implementing the video feature, but eventually, I got over it!!
Overall, I am really proud of how much I accomplished during this time frame. I learned so much about media and machine learning as well as from mentors and workshops
What's next for Recycle, Donate, Substitute
I want to train the ML with a wider range of objects to improve the scale and impact of it and I want to have the website use web storage so when users create listings or claim listings on their computer, other users can see those changes from their own computer. To add on, I hope to turn the project into a mobile application as well because that way it will be much more accessible to users.