One of the key outcomes of this Horizon 2020 project is the long awaited mobile app named WasteApp which enables tourists in 11 pilot cities and regions to maintain their good waste separation manners and contribute to overall efforts of these 11 pilots in waste prevention and management.
The WasteApp is a mobile phone application designed to promote users’ good behaviour regarding waste, to have a positive impact on waste management and follow cities’ litter policies. It has been created mainly for tourists, but can be used also by residents. This app is a result of the work which started nearly a year and a half ago and which was carried out by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the support of all 11 pilot cities and regions. After numerous meetings, plannings and fine-tuning, the app is now individually adapted to each of the 11 pilot cities and regions and their characteristics. Starting from last week, tourists can now use it in Tenerife, Ponta Delgada, Florence, Nice, Nicosia, Kavala, Santander, Lisbon, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen and Syracuse.
It is based on gamification strategy’s use to encourage good practices, and those differ from one pilot city to the other. The App includes evaluation as regards to correct use of bins, promotion of their use on social media, and assignment of points according to good behaviour. It also provides incentives as when performing good practices, it attributes points, that once accumulated can be exchanged in gifts or services provided by cities or participating entities.
Furthermore, the app contains position of waste resources (such as bins, baskets), and eco-tips – advices for being a responsible and environmentally-friendly tourist. It also offers useful links (waste collection times, general rules), how to report detected problems to the city, as well as cities’ strategies and policies and possibility to exchange information and feedback.
The WasteApp is available on both GooglePlay and AppStore since last week. Read more about the app on its own dedicated page.