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Pokemon Go Inspires Indiana Resident to Create amEco Recycling App

The app would allow users to “rescue” creatures by depositing recyclable materials in specific amEco bins, ultimately gaining points and a spot on the leaderboard.

Indiana Resident Bethany Hohman used her inspiration from Pokemon Go to create amEco, a recycling app to help Hoosiers recycle more.

The app, which isn’t yet developed, would allow users to “rescue” creatures by depositing recyclable materials in specific amEco bins, ultimately gaining points and a spot on the leaderboard.

Hohman and her team are trying to secure a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental management to build an alpha version of the app.

Forbes has more information:

Bethany Hohman thinks the state of Indiana has a recycling problem, and she may be right. During a recent presentation in front of other entrepreneurs, she stated that on average, only 11% of total waste is recycled, despite the state’s goal of 50% and a national average of 34%.

To address the problem, she and her team turned to a rather unusual source for inspiration: Pokemon Go. Given the recent astronomical success of the Pokemon Go app, Hohman and her team wondered if they could build a similar app that would solve the recycling problem.

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