Tuesday, June 23, 2009

San Fran Launches iPhone Recycling App

Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco is one those mayor’s you don’t see everyday in our culture. As a big contributor to the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, he is surely making improvements on a city that is paving the way for diversity, expression and now environmental awareness. The CPA (Climate Protection Agreement) is designed whereby cities commit to take the following three actions: 1) strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets 2) urge state and federal governments to enact policies that improve emissions and 3) urge Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse gas reductions.

Ok, now I know that’s a lot of politics for one morning for you. And you know how much I heart politics, too. (I truly do if you know me through E4S, ECOLakewood and City Council). However, I smell innovation and cool design in the air!! [Enter Hero here today]

Tada - the iPhone! Now, there is an application that guides and educates citizens on recycling efforts in the city of San Francisco. Why? Because this city has mandatory recycling and composting (wet and dry) as a city ordinance. This ordinance is an additional revenue stream for the city just like that for Toronto, Seattle and even Lakewood, OH. So this app helps you avoid a tiered-based fine/violation in the event that you forget to recycle, misplace your recyclables with garbage, or simply need recycling information. For example, do you even know where you would take your dinosaur TV that doesn’t work anymore? Or what about your blender or broken microwave? This app is designed as an educational tool to help the residents reduce, reuse and recycle.

Go iPhone! Go Sustaino! Were you a hero today?

1 comment:

Alvin said...

This app is only as good as the people who use it. A fine disproportionately harms those with low incomes. San Francisco benefits from being a wealthy city and a higher average education level. Still - I'm all about recycling programs; it's too bad that recycling isn't as profitable as it used to be.