San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced an application for the iPhone that will make recycling easier for city residents.
San Franciscans can use the EcoFinder iPhone app to locate where to recycle or properly dispose of materials by using the location-based phone software program.
“Instead of dumping old electronics or furniture on the sidewalk, the EcoFinder iPhone app tells you where these materials should go, based on your location,” according to an announcement by the city.
The city’s first iPhone app is based on a City data feed.
Newsom believes this is another step towards continual improvement in recycling numbers for San Francisco. His city is already the leaders in the nation with a diversion rate of 72 percent of all material going to the landfill, according to the city announcement. The goal is to be at 75 percent by 2010 and zero waste by 2020.
An application for the iPhone is a software program that can be downloaded to your phone. Other iPhone applications include resources like the EcoFinder, games, social networking and more.
The city’s environmental department worked with a private company, Haku Wale, to design and produce the application.
For more information, visit www.ecofinderapp.com.
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