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Recycling is a problem
Not necessarily. I was reminded of this again today.
As we know from the waste hierarchy , recycling is pretty far down our list of priorities for circularity.
One of the unintended consequences could be that we miss out on the higher value loops - such as reuse.
Plus there is the terrible fact that much waste collected as "recycling" is not recycled - due to contamination, for example.
So, if recycling becomes too much of a success - it can be a problem!
Having said all of that, Scrapp  is a cool Edinburgh startup attempting to make recycling easier. Their app allows scanning packaging bar codes to tell you if the item is recyclable. And they have a rewards system, which tells you how much you have saved with recycling.
They are doing their best to solve a problem that I wish didn't exist!
So, another app idea worth watching...