Each year on November 15, cities across the country celebrate America Recycles Day. This year, the Lebanon Recycling Facility is calling on area residents to up their commitment to our local recycling program.
“This week, we’ve set a goal to double the number of residents who are using our recycling education tool—the Betterbin app,” said Erica Douglas, Lebanon’s Solid Waste Manager. “Recycling the right materials and increasing participation in our recycling program is important to our local environment and economy.”
Currently, about 600 area residents use the Betterbin app for their recycling questions and to access seasonal recycling information. Residents can access the app by going to their app store of choice (App Store or Google Play) and choosing Lebanon as their recycle program. Residents can then use the app to scan a product’s UPC barcode or text search for a product to receive local recycling instructions.
“It’s important that area residents are getting recycling information relevant to who is processing their materials,” said Michelle Goetsch, Betterbin founder. Other nearby municipalities may have differences in their recycling program guidelines depending on where their contracted hauler is taking the recovered materials.”
Instructions provided in the app are specific to the Lebanon Recycling Facility and the buyers who purchase the recovered materials from the program.
“The ultimate goal of the app is to generate higher volumes of acceptable materials, and decrease contamination in our program,” says Douglas. “When we can meet these goals, we create processing efficiencies and generate more economic value from the recovered materials.”
Learn more about our Betterbin app at LebanonNH.gov/BetterBin where you will find more details and how it applies to Lebanon.
Betterbin is a Wausau, WI-based tech and social impact startup disrupting the traditional waste education scene. Betterbin uses data and technology to make it easier for consumers to properly recycle and compost. Learn more at about.betterbin.app .