Development of a user-friendly interface and database to increase waste packaging recycling
LE3 .A278 2014
Bachelor of Computer Science
Most of the recyclable materials in our waste stream originates from the grocery store, however, much of the non-recyclable waste from a typical household also originates from the same store. In order to maximize the recyclable portion of the waste stream from grocery store packaging waste, consumers must be knowledgeable in distinguishing between what is and what is not recyclable—no easy feat in many cases as products often contain combinations of recyclable and non-recyclable components. This project is intended to provide consumers with an electronic database and interface that tells the consumer what is and is not recyclable for a particular grocery store product. Through the use of each unique UPC code which is either entered manually or scanned, the software discriminates between the various components of packaged products from grocery stores in terms of their recyclability and their correct method of disposal. The database also clearly identifies companies that are producing products in more environmentally responsible packaging and therefore allows consumers to discriminate between products based on the recyclability of their waste.
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