“Earth is our mother, we belong to her but she belongs not only to us, we consider that we have inherited this earth from our forefathers, indeed we have, but at the same time we have borrowed it from our future generations.”
The aforementioned line by, Lester Russel Brown - a United States environmental analyst, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, best describes what our responsibilities are towards Mother Earth. But while we still struggle to comprehend the impact of climate change and other environmental catastrophes that we have created for ourselves; there is still some hope from our future generations.
Anaswara Ramesh - a Class 9 Student from Bhavans Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, belongs to this new generation of environmentalists who believe in doing rather than preaching. This 14-year-old used technology to address one of the major challenges that our modern societies face, i.e., Waste Management. She has developed Recycle App, a tool that helps streamline waste management and brings her one step closer to the dream of creating cleaner earth.
When most teenagers are busy scrolling through reels and Twitter, for Anaswara to dream of clean and green earth and develop a solution for Waste Management; a problem that even global leaders have failed to address properly seems like a stretch. But she shares that the idea of Recycle App came to her when she was out for a walk with her father. During their walk, she saw a woman dumping waste into land owned by her neighbour. This left her disgusted and disappointed at the same time. It was from then that she decided to take up the mission of helping her neighbourhood Recycle and manage waste well.
Backed by her zeal of seeing a cleaner Earth and resolve to change the current status quo, she took to researching waste management and how the current system can be improved upon. She decided to take the help of technology to resolve this problem and this materialized into Recycle App - a systematic, effective, unique, and consistent waste disposal mechanism giving back a cleaner Earth.
Managing Waste through Technology
The central premise of Recycle App is to streamline waste management through technology. The app offers a spectrum of services that can be availed by anyone, anywhere, and anytime. The app essentially connects households with recycling agents and vendors who can come to their doorstep at a prescribed date and time to pick up garbage. The app provides agents’ as well as collection agency driver’s details to the households, in case they need any urgent help or assistance.
Recycle app also spreads awareness about waste segregation into recyclable, biodegradable, and household waste. The app prescribes the use of red, blue, and green dustbins for the segregation of garbage and maximization of recyclable waste materials. The app also features feedback, inquiry, and complaints features, using which people can raise their concerns about the collection of garbage in their respective neighbourhoods.
Recycle App is one of the many feathers that Anaswara has gathered over the years. Backed by her zeal for innovation, hard work, and perseverance, she has also won several awards and accolades from independent organizations.
- Winner - “Tech Tattva” National Level Science Exhibition of MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology) for her Project Energy Ball
- Winner 1st Prize - the “Einstein Story” competition by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers
- Won National Anveshika Network of India from Padma Shree H C Verma for her work “The Big Brain Beneath The Silver Carpet”
- Winner 1st Place - Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL FEST) yearly science exhibition competition for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Omnidirectional Guide Vane (VAWM)
- “Top 10” in the Rural Science Junior Research competition for her work in DNA EXTRACTION from IISC (Indian Institute of Science).
Anaswara Ramesh is a finalist for Best Use of Science & Technology Because…she used her interest in science and technology to solve a significant environmental challenge of waste management. Her app shows how technology is used in the right manner can solve our day-to-day problems.