New Brunswick Hopes App Will Help With Waste

By Yang Seob Lim

MyWaste, a smart phone app being used in 250 cities worldwide to assist people with their trash removal, is now available to residents of New Brunswick.

The advent of smart phones has made our lives more structured and manageable.You can set up alarms, schedule meetings on the calendar, browse the Internet, and go on social media. It can also help you dispose garbage properly. The MyWaste app makes garbage disposal simple as it pushes garbage pick up dates to people via their smart phones and provides information about how to dispose garbage properly. The app is available for all smart phones and is available in English and Spanish, for iPhone and Android users.

The app features sanitation and recycling information, including monthly calendars of trash and recycling pickup days. Specifically the app will advise residents of regular and holiday garbage and recycling pick up days. It will also detail the proper way to dispose of items like appliances and household chemicals while providing residents with an electronic form to submit comments directly to the DPW.”

“The app is a great way to utilize existing technology to improve our trash and recycling system” and that residents will love using the app, said Caputo, Recycling Coordinator for the City of New Brunswick.

Alex Chung, a computer science major at Rutgers, said he believes the app will do little to encourage people to throw garbage responsibly.

“Honestly, people don’t care enough to do anything about it,” he said. “People have been throwing garbage improperly and some haven’t even before the app came out so I don’t think there’s going to be a big change. It’s like the same as when people promise they’ll start eating healthy or start going to the gym- they do it for a while and then they stop.”

Michael Hong, a biological science major at Rutgers, however, said he believes the app can help people dispose garbage properly and more efficiently.

“The app would help spread more awareness for trash disposal and remind people that there are ways to dispose of trash instead of just pushing it to the side,” he said. “The app would remind people when to dispose garbage since everyone carries their smartphone around these days.”

Young Chul Cho, a recent graduate from Rutgers New Brunswick and a full-time employee at the Rutgers Safety Department, says that app is a good way to organize trash and recycling. However, he said he believes proper recycling should be a natural thing to do.

“I think people don’t need technology to know that littering is bad not only for the cosmetics of a neighborhood but also the health of the member of the community,” he said.

Cho believes that the best way to have cleaner streets is to point out mistakes to people and allow them to learn from them, especially when littering.

“Those who litter should get community service to pick up trash instead of being fined,” he said. “If people see trash on the floor, they’re more inclined to do it themselves; it’s like the broken window theory.”

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