Posted October 06, 2018 07:15:15 A simple idea to reduce clutter in your home is getting a little less simple.
A new mobile app is making it easier to trash trucks and other rubbish and the concept is being tested by a number of major cities.
Key points:The app has a simple interface that makes it easy to get started, but it’s a little hard to use in real life, says the app developer”It’s not a mobile phone app, it’s an app that you can put on your phone,” says David Rains, co-founder of the app, which is free for all to try.
“It really does offer a very simple idea for people to trash the stuff they’re trying to save,” he says.
Mr Rains says trash is the biggest environmental challenge in Australia.
“The vast majority of rubbish comes from roads, roads, and then the rest is from rubbish being thrown out of cars, cars being thrown into the street, cars going around a rubbish tip, and so on,” he said.
“So it’s not just an issue of having to get the garbage out of the street and onto the street.”
Mr Rain says there are more than 60,000 mobile phones and tablets in Australia, and the app aims to make it easy for people in the community to take control of their own lives.
“We’ve taken the idea of trash as a social good, and now we’ve taken it to a mobile device where it’s really easy for us to do,” he explains.
“I think there’s an opportunity to do things that are really simple and we can do with these things that aren’t necessarily as simple, but that’s how we’ve come to the end of this journey.”
Mr Jains said the app could be used to reduce litter, increase public health, improve street cleaning and help to improve traffic flow.
“People will be able to look at the data and decide, what are the most effective ways to reduce this, and how can we be most effective,” he explained.
“And that’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Topics:environment,human-interest,environmental-impact,environment,environment-management,environmentally-attracting,technology,urban-development-and-planning,environmentaustraliaFirst posted October 06 and updated October 07, 2018 19:46:42More stories from New South Wales