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New Mobile App Helps You Know What To Throw

Whether you’re at home or out & about, it’s not always easy to quickly find out what to do with items you want to throw out or recycle. And “Googling it” may not provide the most accurate answer to your “Do I recycle it, throw it out or something else?” questions. You can now get an immediate answer to those questions with the free mobile app!

Winnebago County Solid Waste, along with its Tri-County Recycling partners, Outagamie and Brown Counties, teamed up with BetterBin, a Wisconsin-made mobile application that makes recycling and waste disposal easy. “The app is a great way to help community members recycle effectively while taking the guess work out of where items need to go,” said Mark Walter, Business Development Manager at Brown County Resource Recovery. BetterBin allows users to simply scan UPC barcodes of items into the app which will then tell you how to dispose of the item in our area. The app has a large database of information compiled through research and communication with municipalities and businesses. “The database is constantly growing, allowing user suggestions for unknown items so you can effectively recycle materials anywhere in our area”, explained Walter.


Not only does the app provide useful information, but frequent users also get rewarded. As users scan, they build points that can be redeemed for gift cards to popular retailers such as Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts and Petco. “BetterBin takes all the guess work out of recycling and waste disposal,” explained Walter. “Having this tool on hand instantly takes you in the right steps to living greener.” The BetterBin app is free to download and use at the App Store or Google Play.

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