At any time that a question arises, the application makes available to us the section "Help” in the dropdown on the left, which is very complete, with many frequently asked questions and brief but concise answers.
In this section, different criteria have been applied to assess whether the application can be used regardless of the capabilities of the user.
- Accessibility for people with reduced or no vision:
As previously mentioned, the visual style of the application is very simple, using black letters on a white background that read correctly, and using buttons and icons in a bright yellow color, therefore, they stand out on the screen.
The application does not have a settings section where you can change the theme or the font or contrast options. However, it adapts to the accessibility settings of the mobile phone: if the font size is increased, the RECYCLES texts and icons will also increase, as well as the use of zoom.
To complete this section, some tests have been carried out with the screen reader systems available on Android (TalkBack) and iOS (Voice Over) devices. These tests have focused on checking the correct labeling of the icons and buttons that RECYCLES has. In the tests carried out, it has been verified that most of the buttons are well labeled, although some errors have been detected in terms of the alternative text of various icons, which do not correspond to their function.
- Accessibility for people with comprehension difficulties:
Being a simple application, it facilitates its navigation, making it more intuitive and without generating confusion regarding its operation.
- Accessibility for people with cognitive or mobility difficulties:
The proposed system involves carrying out a series of sequential steps to carry out the entire recycling process, including moving it to a container, which can be complicated for people with mobility or cognitive difficulties.
- Accessibility for people with hearing difficulties:
People with hearing difficulties can use the application without any problem, as there is no content in the form of video or audio.
- Accessibility for people who use a wheelchair:
Enabled containers have been found to be very tall. This makes it difficult for a person who uses a wheelchair to insert the containers into the bucket and scan the QR code present on the container, located in the upper part of it.
The RECICLOS recycling project, based on a Return and Reward System (SDR), can be a very interesting measure to encourage citizens to recycle.
Currently this system has some 32.000 containers that are added to this technology and more than 250 machines implemented in places such as transport stations, universities, hospitals, companies or shopping centers.
Through the possibility of winning prizes, being able to collaborate with social and environmental causes and having their individual work recognized, the citizens of a municipality can be more committed to recycling and, in this way, it increases.
RECICLOS is a good tool to implement a circular economy model in cities through recycling. In addition, it allows the Urban Agendas of these cities to be aligned with various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Currently, RECICLOS allows you to recycle only plastic beverage bottles and cans, since they are the most recyclable waste generated in Spanish homes. Looking to the future and if the result of this project is satisfactory, it could be interesting to broaden the spectrum of products that can be recycled in the yellow container or in other containers.
In general terms, it can be said that the RECICLOS system works satisfactorily in those places where its operation has been tested.
- The interface is very simple, visual and intuitive to use.
- Offers multiple instructions with pictures.
- It actively promotes recycling, achieving cleaner and more sustainable cities.
- Promotes collaboration with social and environmental causes. As it shows the RECYCLING points that are missing for a donation to be carried out, it encourages users to set the goal of completing these points for a good cause.
- At the moment they only accept plastic beverage cans and bottles, and to further promote recycling, they should accept other types of plastic containers.
- Improved accessibility for people with reduced or no vision and for people who use a wheelchair.
- This initiative could be implemented in other municipalities in Spain that do not yet have yellow containers and RECYCLE machines.