Two months ago, ERbin launched its beta test in the Village of Weston, WI. Today, we have about 60 Weston residents testing out the app. Residents are able to scan the UPC barcode of any product or text search for a product to see what is acceptable in their recycling bins.
To encourage more Weston residents to test out the app, and especially to get kids interested in helping their parents scan items, we started a super cool incentive program. The goal: 1,000 product scans by June 6 (last day of school).
Each time a Weston resident creates an account in the app and scans a product, that scan is worth a monetary unit (50 cents), and we (ERbin) are donating the total amount generated by the scans to Recycling Connections in Stevens Point. Recycling connections is going to use that money to implement some recycling programming at Weston Elementary School—a great public-private-non-profit partnership to benefit everyone involved. We anticipate a total donation of about $500. How cool is that!
For some extra fun, and to educate about packaging we hear A LOT of questions about, we’re including a group of products to find and scan whether at the grocery store or at home. It gets better. The group of products come together to make a delish meal!
This week (May 13) we tested out a new recipe we found on Pinterest. Check out that recipe, or scan five of the following ingredients to win a $5 gift card to a local Weston grocery store!
1. Sam’s Choice Organic Vegetable Broth
2. Simple Truth Roasted Cashews
3. Cauliflower (any brand from the fresh produce aisle)
4. Simple Truth Organic Free Range Chicken Thighs
5. Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk
6. Green Giant Riced Cauliflower Medley
7. Organic Valley Ghee (clarified butter)
8. Archer Farms Ground Ginger (or another brand of ground ginger)
9. Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste
10. Garlic powder (any brand)
11. Market Pantry Curry powder (or any brand)
12 Turmeric (any brand)
13. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Original 15 oz
Quick hint – we spent a lot of time at Pick N Save in Weston finding these ingredients. We made the trek to Downtown Grocery to find the ghee (we’ve never used it before!). Feel free to scan the butter product listed instead of the ghee. The vegetable broth comes from Walmart. Overall, we gave the recipe a 6.5 out of 10. Yummy, but not spectacular