Recycling Game Uses Technology to Boost Participation

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In our society motivated by instant gratification, what better way to promote green living than by producing an engaging recycling game. That’s what Boston-based Greenbean Recycle does with its new game that’s designed to motivate participants to recycle cans and bottles.


According to CNN Tech, the company which won a prize this week from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If students at MIT can take the time to enter the phone number on a machine known as a Reverse Vending Machine, why can’t the general population? The bar-code reader in the machine enables students get credit for dropping of bottles and cans. The data gets uploaded and recycling gets competitive instead of a dreaded and messy chore!

To entice recycling, Greenbean offers gift cards and other incentives. There’s something so rewarding about getting automatic deposits in a PayPal account, donating to charity and seeing containers recycled and kilowatt hours save displayed online. It seems like the sky is the limit for this type of program. Why couldn’t schools and community centers follow the lead of committed university students? Time will tell.

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