This gadget scans your trash to tell you if it’s recyclable

Fast Company

Adele Peters



"One of the challenges in the broken recycling system is basic confusion: It often isn’t obvious what a particular package is made from or whether it should go in a recycling bin or the trash. Items that could be recycled end up in the landfill, and recycling companies have to expend a lot of time and effort removing unrecyclable items from their facilities. While some brands start to adopt better labeling, a U.K.-based design firm is testing another solution—a simple device that you can point at an object to automatically identify its recyclability."



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