Bintriks: Digitizing household waste collection

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2020-05
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Mwikali, Lilian Mbithe
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There exists a communication gap between waste collectors, recycling companies and homes from which the waste is collected. The purpose of this project is to develop a mobile application that serves as a bridge between households, middlemen who collect waste from households, and recycling companies. The application facilitates communication among the three groups for efficient coordination for waste collection process. This will be achieved through predictions and notifications. In this project a mobile application is developed to enable householders to connect with waste collectors in real-time, get contacts of middlemen in their area, provide alternative means of payment such as use of mobile money and credit cards, digitize record keeping and management, as well as showing the next day of collection. Research done showed that the problems homeowners faced was uncertainty on the next day of waste collection, and difficulty in reaching waste collectors. Middlemen complained of having to record transactions on paper and not able to easily connect with recycling companies. Recycling companies needed to be connected with people who could provide constant and reliable source of raw materials. This project solves these problems through the application. After a prototype of the project was developed and given to users for review, the users provided positive feedback on how useful such an application would be in making waste collection efficient.
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Applied project submitted to the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, May 2020
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mobile application, waste collection, recycling, plastic recycling, Ghana
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