The mantra 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' has become the fundamental pillar that allows us to take care of the environment. There are dozens of little tricks that we can do to improve in this aspect. In fact, more and more families are getting better at recycling: in 2021 almost 1,6 million tons of household packaging were handed over for recycling. To continue promoting this 'green' movement, a RECYCLES, the app that rewards you for recycling. Through a return and reward system, the user obtains points as he recycles cans and plastic bottles of beverages and can redeem them for participation in raffles.
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RECICLOS: the app that rewards you for recycling
Technology surrounds us and there is no day that we do not check our devices a dozen times. That is why there is an increasing tendency to use technological resources to improve social aspects. In fact, Whatsapp RECICLOS is one more example of innovation between technology and the environment. This application allows us recycle cans and plastic bottles of beverages physically through an application that in turn returns us a series of points that we can exchange for sustainable and social incentives. All of this works through Return and Reward System (SDR), the heart of the app.
More than 60 cities already have this technology, which will be gradually implemented so that the app can be used in any location.
It is important to know if RECICLOS has reached our town. A fact that we can know by consulting the service website.
Ecoembes, the non-profit organization that coordinates the recycling of light domestic packaging in Spain, has been commissioned to create RECICLOS. For this, the necessary technology is being implanted in the yellow containers in several cities in Spain with the aim of increasingly increasing the network of compatible containers. Among the main recycling points are cities such as Castellón, Getafe, Seville, Vigo, Logroño, Málaga, Valencia or Zaragoza, among others.
Technology is increasingly present in our daily lives and, at Ecoembes, we want to integrate it into the sector to encourage the habit of recycling, looking for ways so that recycling continues to be close to people and their way of life.
Recycle plastic beverage cans and bottles by capturing their barcode to earn points
The operation of RECICLOS is very simple. Just download the app from the Play Store or the App Store. First of all, we will have to register to be able to associate the points obtained to our account. Next we will have to make sure that our city has containers compatible with the app.
You can participate in two ways: in the yellow containers through QR and RECICLOS machines, similar to vending machines where we can deposit our cans and bottles. To see what we have nearby, we will access the 'Recycle' tab and click on 'Search containers nearby'. Once we have found our nearest container, the first thing we have to do is scan the barcodes of the cans and plastic bottles of beverages that we want to recycle and we will go to the yellow container.
Once in the container, we will deposit the containers in it. Subsequently, we will scan the QR of the container and the points (or RECYCLES) will be automatically added to our account.
We can add 25 containers a week. In addition, we can get extra points by inviting new users.
Redeem your points in raffles or environmental projects
The main purpose of RECICLOS is none other than to promote recycling and increase the utilization rate of the yellow bins. However, repeated use of the app generates a series of points that can be used for different actions. The application is updated with different ways to redeem those points that we are getting with our recycling.
We can participate in sweepstakes with products as succulent as electric scooters, tablets, bicycles and much more. On the other hand, we can also use our points to participate in collaborative projects that will improve society. These projects may include some local projects from the different cities that participate in RECICLOS or from NGOs that request it.
Because recycling does not have to be something boring, these initiatives aim to be a link between technology and the environment. Thanks to Ecoembes and RECICLOS, society's commitment to the environment is maintained and it is encouraged to continue responding and adapting to the needs of the population. In this case, uniting technology and the environment. You join?