Green

Junker App, a new way to promote waste sorting on the Amalfi Coast

A brand new app helps citizens and tourists to understand the importance of recycling.

By Priscilla Santos da Silva

Traveling means discovering new places, getting in touch with different cultures and traditions, and immersing ourselves in breathtaking landscapes. Traveling from one place to another can transform us as well as make us aware of the impact that we have on the environment.
The Amalfi Coast, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is characterized by small beaches on a crystal-clear sea, surrounded by headlands covered with flowers, lemon, and olive groves. Monti Lattari surrounds it with all its long trails. It is a land rich in culture, history, and nature that needs to be protected and respected. One of the goals of Change, an innovative project launched and promoted by Associazione Distretto Turistico Costa d’Amalfi, is to educate citizens and travelers to be more conscious tourists. And that starts with simple habits like recycling which can make a difference in the quality of our daily life. Since last year, various municipalities from the Amalfi Coast have included the Junker App, a recycling tool, into their environmental and touristic sustainability programs. Junker App was developed by a group of friends from Bologna passionate about technology and travels, with a particular interest in the planet’s health. Their project intends to protect the environment by helping people recycling correctly.

Product selection. Courtesy of Junker App

How it works

You can download the app for free from Android and Apple Store and select any city along the Amalfi Coast area to get up-to-date waste disposal information. Junker recognizes a product from its barcode and tells you all the collection points available. The up-to-date calendar helps you consult the schedule according to the city you are in and shows you how to recycle batteries, glass, and bulky items too. Right now, the app counts more than 250 thousand products. Still, the list can be expanded anytime by any of the users. «Every day, around 500 products are updated on the app. Also, since it is translated into 10 languages, including English, Russian, French, and German, it can be fully used by tourists», says Noemi De Santis, Junker App marketing and communication manager. She is also the co-founder of Giunko SRL, an innovative startup specialized in developing cloud-based solutions for devices and sites.

Tips for B&B owners and holiday rental houses

It would be helpful to provide information in plain sight for guests on how to download the app so they can be aware of the recycling methods and options at their disposal. This way, we can improve the quality of life of the local citizens as well as the health of the environment, while at the same time reducing governmental costs.

(Translation by Michela Pandolfi)

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