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There’s now an app for reporting illegal trash dumping

Posted by on May 25, 2017

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Photo: CBC.ca // via TrashOut

Nowadays, there seems to be an app for everything.

But did you ever think you could use an app to report illegal trash that has been dumped in our beautiful trails? Enter the Trash Out app.

Here’s a snippet from the CBC.ca article about it:

District officials in Powell River, on the northern part of B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, are encouraging residents to download the Trash Out app.

Abby McLellan, waste management educator with the Regional District, says the app is easy to use.

“If you see illegally dumped refuse, you snap a photo with your phone and then when you’re back in reception, you can upload that photo into the Trash Out app,” she explained.

“Your phone when you took the photo recorded the GPS location … so instead of having to verbally explain these back road areas, the GPS location is recorded [and] uploaded onto a map.”

The app was created by a group of private developers and is used worldwide, but many other municipalities are using similar technology to thwart illegal dumpers.

And don’t think that you can get away with dumping in the same spot someone else has–they’ve thought of that, too. We’re excited to see the success of this program to clean up our trails that we all love so much.

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