Students Create Green Works Recycling App

Thursday, May 6, 2021 

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Did you ever wonder whether an item you were about to dispose of was recyclable? Were you ever unsure about whether you needed to follow a certain step before placing it in the recycling bin?

If you answered yes, then you’re in luck. In an effort to make recycling simpler, students enrolled in Professor of Software Development Lisa Macon’s Software Development Project course were busy these past few months developing an app that answers exactly those questions.

The app, which is compatible with iOS and Android operating systems, was developed in conjunction with Green Works, the City of Orlando’s sustainability initiative, over the course of the Spring 2021 semester. Its users can scan or photograph an item to determine whether it’s recyclable and what steps, if any, need to be followed before placing it in the recycling bin.

The students who helped make it happen were all enrolled in CEN 4910C Software Development Project, a capstone course which is part of Valencia College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Technology and Software Development (BAS CTSD).

“These kinds of projects provide the opportunity for students in their final semester of the BAS CTSD program to work with an industry partner — in this case, City of Orlando — to develop an actual piece of software that could be used in industry,” said Lisa.

“Although the technology is fully functional, the app needs a database of products to communicate with in order to work, something the team is working on. Green Works is seeking to partner with Publix to add such a database in the future,” said Lisa.

Lisa also pointed out that the benefits of the effort go well beyond the technology itself.

“The experience is invaluable and gives the students a project to proudly display in their portfolios for potential employers,” she said.

To view a video about the app, click here.

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