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Jiading IT youngsters become famous for trash-sorting app

( chinadaily.com.cn ) 2019-07-23

Jiading IT youngsters become famous for trash-sorting app

An app called What Garbage designed by three young IT workers in Shanghai's Jiading district set a record of over 100,000 downloads after it was launched on July 2. [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

Shanghai officially enacted a set of trash-sorting regulations on July 1, and trash-sorting apps have started to spring up, among which an app designed by three young information technology (IT) workers in Shanghai's Jiading district set a record of over 100,000 downloads in less than a week of being on the shelves.

The app, an Apple iOS application named What Garbage, was created by the workers in their spare time.

Liu Yiyi, the originator of the app, said that a raft of apps for trash-sorting had been rolled out in June, however, they were unsatisfactory.

"A better trash-sorting app perhaps can make contributions to the implementation of the regulations by facilitating local residents with correct garbage classification," Liu added.

Therefore, Liu, who is experienced in advertising, gathered his two partners – Zuo Cheng, a visual designer and Jin Jian, a programmer.

It was a great challenge for these IT workers because they had only three weeks to design and finish the program before July 1.

"To meet that tight deadline, we stayed up until 3 or 4 am almost every day after we got back home from work at 12 midnight," Liu said. The late nights and hard work were worth it when they learned that their What Garbage app was rated highly by users.

Following Shanghai, 46 Chinese cities will implement mandatory classification of residential waste. They will improve the app's database to fit different cities' regulations, according to Liu.

Jiading IT youngsters become famous for trash-sorting app

The three youngsters who produced a popular trash-sorting app [Photo/jiading.gov.cn]

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