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Location Based Recycling Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237077D
Publication Date: 2014-May-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and apparatus that enable a device with Global Positioning System (GPS) and bar/Quick Response (QR) code scanning capabilities to notify a user of which types of consumer waste are recyclable in the user's current location.

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Location Based Recycling Information

Recycling of consumer waste can have desirable benefits, which include reducing environmental pollutants, decreasing the demand for raw materials, and reducing landfill costs. For those and other reasons, many international, national, and local laws or incentives encourage the recycling of various consumer waste products.

The materials that are recyclable, either by law or by practicality, vary from location to location. This inconsistency between locations causes uncertainty among consumers about what is recyclable and what is not in a given location, particularly as consumers are mobile between areas that do not have uniform waste recycling requirements/guidelines. A typical consumer may not be aware of the laws and infrastructure of a particular location and may therefore be unaware of which consumer waste is recyclable in that specific area.

Some methods have been identified for determining what materials in a product are recyclable (e.g., bar code based recycling, WO 2013184126 A1); however in practice, recycling rules, regulations, and methods vary by location.

The novel contribution is a device with Global Positioning System (GPS) and bar/Quick Response (QR) code scanning capabilities that is used to notify a user of which types of consumer waste are recyclable in the user's current location. A user may have a device, such as a smart phone or tablet, which is both GPS capable and able to image a bar or QR code.

The user can have the device image/read/scan the bar or QR code on some consumer waste, such as discardable food packaging material. Once...