I woke up one day to that jarring, persistent, evil sound of the garbage truck. It was 7.30am, and my alarm had not yet gone off. I realised that this was in fact the garbage truck that empties the recycling bin. The sounds of broken glass echoed off the cement walls of the surrounding urban landscape, making sleep impossible. I lay there wondering why the garbage collection company emptied the bin in such a way as to break the glass. Could you even recycle broken glass? I wondered if there were ever any way to find out. 

This experience, as well as many others, was my inspiration for the recycling app. I wanted a mechanism that allowed me to find this stuff out about recycling. Stephen's inspiration relates to meat trays: he asks 'if there's two different types of plastic, how can you know if it's recyclable?' We've gone from having the original idea, to setting up shop and are now a start-up social enterprise. We've learnt many new things. Turns out you can recycle broken glass (why is it that everyone thinks you can't? How confusing.) We've met wonderful people, gotten a whole heap of advice, we have clients and learnt more than we ever thought about recycling. What's more, we have developed that mechanism that allows you to search recycling information. The app is released and available to download from Google Play and the App Store. 

Stephen and I are now joined by a team of skilled, passionate people who have helped make this happen. Fuelled on a little money and a lot of passion, the Sustain Me app is here for the taking. 

Sustain Me homepage - search how to recycle your waste.