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EnvironAI is our idea, which is to create a smartphone app and a chatbot which helps users figure out when to recycle and dispose of different materials that are commonly confused and are put in the wrong garbage bins. Example of confused items: lids of a coffee cup, broken bottle/glass, glass jar with some leftover food, paper plates with grease on it, bottle caps etc. The user can chat with the system and also take a picture of the material and use machine learning and artificial intelligence the system will tell if it is recyclable or not and what to do with it.
We want to educate the people on how and what to recycle, how to reduce waste and our carbon footprint. Our start-up will look at the various problems that people face while making recycling decision.
We are EnvironAI, a select group of students with 2018 DMZ Basecamp Cohort. The DMZ is Ryerson University's business incubator for early-stage technology start-ups in downtown Toronto. The DMZ is ranked the #1 university-based business incubator in the world.
We are a group of 5 high schools kids who are very passionate about our environment and are trying to figure out how best to preserve and save our planet from garbage overrun. We applied to the DMZ program to create a start-up company and make a positive change to our waste filled society. We want to educate the people on how and what to recycle, how to reduce waste and our carbon footprint. Our start-up will look at the various problems that people face while making recycling decision.
Here are some fun facts you didn't know about waste and recycling!:
The average North American generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
75% of North American waste is recyclable, but only about 30% of it is actually recycled.
We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
North Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year.
ICS water bottles (please flatten)
Magazines, newspaper, and cardboard cartons (but no small scraps)
Milk and juice cartons
Most paper, plastic, glass and metal containers and packaging
Plastic and glass bottles
Plastic cups (straws go in the garbage)
Liner bags (cereal, cookies, crackers)
Black plastic food containers, cutlery, lids
Hot drink cups (recycle non-black lids and sleeves)
Cold drink cups, straws (recycle lids)
Plastic bubble wrap
Laminated plastic film (stand-up pouches, snack food bags)
Dryer and disposable mop sheets, baby wipes, make-up pads, cotton tipped swabs, dental floss
Plastic or foil wrappers, aluminum foil
Drink pouches, straws
Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, wood chips, pencil shavings
Hair, pet hair, feathers, nail clippings, dryer lint Candles and wax, cigarette butts and ashes
Gum packages, blister packs
Light bulbs (not CFLs), dishes, drinking glasses
Metallic gift wrap and bows
Wooden fruit crates
Broken mugs, dishes