1. Who will this hack impact? This hack can be utilized in multiple ways. The UI is simple to maximize accessibility to all. Children can use the app to learn about recyclables and become more environmentally conscious. Even for practical use, anyone can use the app to ensure that they are recycling the correct things and doing so properly.

  2. How is the project innovative? What is recyclable and what is not recyclable isn’t always intuitive. This app takes away any ambiguity in the recycling process. Step-by-step, the app helps the user identify the product, learn whether or not it is recyclable, and if so, how to go about ensuring it ends up in the right place. Overall, our app innovatively streamlines recycling into a more digestible process that anyone can use.

  3. What frameworks and tools were used to build the project? Adobe XD was used to wireframe the app, and we used Javascript and ReactJS to make the prototype. Further plans to refine the app include using NodeJS to globally host the app, and RecycleNet (https://github.com/sangminwoo/RecycleNet), a machine learning image classification model to identify recyclables with a camera to further steamline the UX process. Our main reference was epa.gov for information on how to recycle items.

  4. How can this project extend to make the present and the future a kinder place? The main goal of this project is to educate people about recyclables and the recycling process thus making them more environmentally conscious. In either the classroom or in the home, anyone can use the app to ensure they are properly recycling materials. Proper recycling can prevent both environmental contamination and contamination in recycling plants. Any way to reduce the amount of wastes that ends up in landfills, or in our oceans will make the Earth a cleaner place to live and reduce carbon emissions. Our hope with this app is that people will learn to treat the Earth more kindly.

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