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Charitable Recycling Bins

The Tech-Enabled Goodwill Recycling Bin Revolutionizes Charity

— January 20, 2014 — Tech
The Goodwill in San Francisco has created what it's calling the worlds first tech-enabled textile-recycling bin. The Goodwill 'GoBin' is designed to make donating clothing easy and convenient. It GoBin mimics a real life recycling bin. It is the same action as if you were dropping a bottle into a recycling bin. The GoBin is ideal for individuals living in apartment buildings who want to donate clothes, shoes, household linens and other textiles.

Goodwill collaborated with Frog Design to design the GoBin with a grant from the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The department has pledged to recycle, compost and reuse all the city waste by 2020. The tech-enabled textile-recycling bin features a Quick Response (QR) code that allows the donor to access an online donation tax form. A sensor inside the bin also indicated when the bin is full and in need of pick-up.
Trend Themes
1. Tech-enabled Recycling - There is an opportunity for other charities to create innovative recycling solutions that incorporate technology to make donating easier and more convenient for individuals.
2. QR Code Integration - QR codes can be incorporated into a variety of charitable donation programs, allowing donors to easily receive tax forms and receipts for their donations.
3. Smart Sensor Monitoring - Smart sensors can be integrated into a variety of donation bins and containers to monitor fill levels, optimize collection routes, and reduce waste and inefficiency.
Industry Implications
1. Charitable Donations - Charitable organizations should explore new and innovative ways to encourage donations and make the process of donating as simple and easy as possible.
2. Waste Management - Innovative waste management solutions can incorporate technology to increase efficiency and reduce waste and environmental impact.
3. Smart City Technology - Smart cities can incorporate technology into a variety of municipal services and programs, including waste management and charitable donations, to increase efficiency and improve quality of life for citizens.
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