Just think before you bin it, there could be some use in it!

Ani C, Alisha M, Darya M, Ana M

Our project teaches users how to throw away their trash responsibly. There is everyday trash floating in the air and the user can press the space bar to drop the trash in the correct bin. They have 25 seconds each level and they have to earn more points in each level. If they miss an item, they can click the "What I missed" button and find out why they missed it and into which bin the trash item should go.

A common problem that we run into everyday is where should we throw away our trash. Sometimes, we are inclined to throw away all of our trash in one bin because we don’t have the knowledge to separate them correctly. The trash that we throw away negatively affects our environment. This trash gets burned and not only pollutes our air that we breathe, but also contaminates the water that we consume. Because the Earth is running out of natural resources, it is our duty to find a way to preserve what we have.

In order to solve this problem, we created a game that teaches the user the correct bin to throw away their trash.
We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. Additionally, recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPhone. In our game, there is everyday trash that is floating in the air and it is the user's job to drop it in the right bin. The levels increase in difficulty. Our goal is to target everyone in the world because it is crucial to throw away our trash correctly.

In our game, we had to detect collision between the trash item and the bins. We tried using a standard overlap function from a forum but it contained malfunctions and caused errors in the game. Hence we had to make our own function to detect intersection between the sprites. Another challenging part was finding out the cause of the errors we were getting and figuring out the solution.

"I didn't know the egg carton goes into the compost!" - One of the first people who played our game

We are Eco-Drop! We are incoming juniors and seniors. Ani enjoys soccer, Darya enjoys playing the clarinet, Ani enjoys graphic design, and Alisha enjoys learning new things. We believe in environmental sustainability and hope to make a change in the world one day.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Amazon (Bay Area).