My Recycle List iPhone App Streamlines Your Waste Stream


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We love smartphone apps that help people recycle. We've seen such cool versions as Earth911's iRecycle and even location-specific apps like San Francisco's recycling app that helps residents avoid fines for mis-sorting their waste. Anything that makes it easier makes us happy, which is why we also like a new app called My Recycle List, which works not only on the ubiquitous iPhone but also Android phones and is powered by the trustworthy 1-800-Recycling.

EarthTechling points us to the new app, which helps users locate recycling facilities nearby and shows which types of recyclables the facility accepts. It can be confusing to know which materials are recyclable in the first place, let alone what facilities will accept them. Even though something can be recycled doesn't mean a local plant will accept it. Factors such as whether or not the market price for the material is high enough to justify the cost of collection and processing, as well as if there is a market for items made from the recycled materials come into play. That's why it's important to have something at your fingertips to sort out a potentially confusing system.

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"Now anyone anywhere can be a part of the recycling process - whether you are at home or at work, our site, our phone system and our app are all available, free of charge, to increase accessibility to the recycling process. It used to be a challenge to figure out how and where to recycle unwanted items - now, thanks to the variety of technologies we've developed, we are literally bringing simple recycling tools to everywhere life happens," said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation's leading recycler of electronics and e-waste, and parent company of 1-800-Recycling.com, in a press release.

The app is free on iTunes and the Android Marketplace

Tags: Cell Phones | Gadgets | iPhone | Recycling | Zero Waste