Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste – TechCrunch

China’s war on garbage is as digitally savvy as the country Think QR codes attached to trash bags that allow a municipal government to trace exactly where its trash comes from. On July 1, the world’s most populated city Shanghai began a compulsory garbage sorting program. Under …

Image recognition, mini apps, QR codes: how China uses tech to sort its waste – TechCrunch

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To date, two million people have sold recyclable material through its platform. Ele. me, Alibaba’s food delivery arm, added trash pickup to its list of valet services its fleets offer on top of “apologize to the girlfriend” and dog walking.

For instance, China’s biggest internet companies responded with new search features that help people identify what wastes are “wet” (compostable), “dry”, “toxic”, or “recyclable”.

Alibaba’s answer to Alexa Tmall Genie can already answer (in Chinese) the question “what kind of trash is a wet wipe? ” and more.

Alipay, Alibaba’s electronics payment affiliate, claims its garbage sorting mini app added one million users under just three days.

Workers at a waste management station in Shanghai scan codes on trash bags to check their source.

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