Get empowered to go green with the new 1-800-RECYCLING.com app. With full knowledge that the opening sentence sounded like a marketing slogan, there is faith in you, the reader, to get an author’s sense of humor. In other words, it is understood that a 1-800-RECYCLING.com writer reviewing a 1-800-RECYCLING.com application seems like self-cheerleading. Rest assured that this review is as objective as possible. I downloaded the app and tried it out for half an hour and found some cool features, some questions and some suggestions for improvement.
Go green! This app answers all.Where do I go to recycle my cans, my glass, my hazardous materials, etc.? How do I remember where the locations are? How do I get organized? This app brings the answer to all of those questions and a lot more in an organized fashion. Much like the site, you start your recycling search by choosing a category. The following nine categories cover everything: plastic, electronics, paper, glass, metal, household, automotive, yard and hazardous. Enter your ZIP code and locations pop up. Manage both material and locations on a list. If you still have questions, you can visit 1-800-RECYCLING.com directly from the app, or sign up for the monthly newsletter with the click of a button. There is no confusion about how to recycle what you want at the most convenient location for you, regardless of where you live.
Questions and suggestions: When the app is updated, there should be…Overall, I was extremely impressed with the app. With that said, I want to point out that there were a few feature placements that may be tweaked. The first question that popped into my head was, “If I didn’t know 1-800-RECYCLING.com already, would I know who they are by the first page I see when the app loads?” My answer was, no. This led me to some ideas about placement of resources such as the 1-800-RECYCLING.com link and the online newsletter. Things to consider in future versions of the app:
- Making the 1-800-RECYCLING.com link accessible right away, perhaps on the first screen.
- Making a short statement about what the online newsletter is before asking me to click and sign up for it. Is it for the typical reader and recycler? This could be clearer; we have some cool stuff coming up and we need to know if the issues will matter to us.
- Adding a link to the green news. As an author, this is not only a shameless plug, but also a realistic need. Promoting our new stories will also give our followers a chance to read the latest in recycling and green issues, as well as trends.