Testing waste mapping app revealed 600 new waste dumps

Let’s Do It! World’s volunteers discovered nearly 600 new waste dumps only by testing the app.

Volunteers from 11 countries helped develop the global waste mapping app by testing it in real life this May and June, with 324 testers mapping a total of 590 waste points.

“The first pilot mapping was conducted in Afghanistan, where our volunteers did a remarkable job despite some techincal difficulties,” said Kristiina Kerge, waste mapping app’s project manager. “The pilot proved that a sound network and regular mapping guarantees high quality data of the region’s waste situation,” she added.

The pilot mapping provided crucial directions to the app’s further development, underlining the need for a robust tool that works seamlessly in part of the world. “We need make sure the app is usable in areas where cellular data is very expensive, or where charging the phone might become a challenge due to electricity outages,” Kerge explained. “These are valuable insights to our developers and we are working on these issues already.”

Next pilot mappings to further test and develop the app will continue with smaller groups, country leaders of the chosen areas will be informed by 24.07. World Cleanup app will be officially launched September 15th 2017.

Currently, the app is available in 20 countries, including Haiti, Argentina, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Philippines, India, Benin, Kenya, Australia, Ghana, Estonia, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Nigeria, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.