We were motivated to design ZerOdump after seeing the challenges caused by improper waste disposal and the benefits it provides when waste is properly disposed of. To encourage people to keep composting, we created ZerOdump, which allows people with backyard compost bins to gather compost from their neighbours. This permits compost products to be reused within a community or neighbourhood!

What it does

Users can either (1) create a compost drop-off location for others to use or (2) search for nearby compost drop-off locations to use for their personal food scraps and yard trash.

How we built it

Our website comprises of various technologies, a back-end server built with Express, NodeJS, and HTML/Bootstrap for the front end. We also utilized the APIs and firebase for authentication.

Challenges we ran into

One of the challenges we ran into was integrating backend to frontend, and we found it difficult to choose what technologies should be used to integrate everything all together.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are thrilled to have a website that is not only accessible via a localhost URL, but can also be seen by anybody who visits our public link! In addition to successfully deploying, we are all quite happy with styling it to work great on mobile and integrating various backend technologies.

What we learned

We learned how to use the API, Backend, and create a project from the ground up. Because the majority of our team members were new to this hackathon, it was exciting to collaborate on every step of the process. We gained experience while working on various sponsor tracks. In addition, We also learned a lot about environment variables, node environment variables, etc.

What's next for ZerOdump

In the future, people all around the world will use ZerOdump to dispose of organic waste in a sustainable manner. In the future, we intend to empower consumers to control their own drop-off locations and provide incentives based on their participation.

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