Recycling app for children wins energy award

Developed by the Chlorofil Foundation, a Warsaw-based environmental NGO, the “Electrorecycling league” app won the award in the youth education category. chlorofil.com.pl

The app is a response to the shortage of games for children highlighting the importance of recycling.

An app teaching children to recycle has won a prize at this year’s Energy Globe Award for Poland. Awarded since 1999 by the Austria-based Energy Globe Foundation, the award is like a green Nobel prize. Developed by the Chlorofil Foundation, a Warsaw-based environmental NGO, the “Electrorecycling league” app won the award in the youth education category.

The app is a response to the shortage of games for children highlighting the importance of recycling. “We believe that too little information on the environmental debt of a contemporary man gets to the wider community and that too little information about the depletion of natural resources is disseminated in the mass media in Poland,” Chlorofil explains on its website.

"Nowadays, the virtual world and the real world are strongly interconnected and intermingle with each other. A gesture made in virtual space matters, because it is followed by an increase in ecological awareness,” it adds.

Since 2011, Chlorofil has been promoting recycling through a series of apps, which are available to the public. After “Max is sorting waste”, “Leader of electrorecycling” and “Culture of sorting”, “Electrorecycling league” is its fourth app.

The app teaches children the importance of recycling and reusing valuable resources, with a focus on metals, including aluminium, cobalt and copper. It does so by showing them how everyday objects, from smartphones to electric kettles, rely on natural materials. Participants’ task is to use virtual recycling to protect deposits of natural resources in a range of countries, including Australia, China and Poland.

While Poles become more mindful of their everyday choices’ impact on the environment, education – and fostering a sense of awareness in young people and children – remains crucial, Chlorofil argues. That includes knowing how to sort waste so that materials can be reused or recycled wherever possible.

“It is important to always have information on hand to follow the rules of ecology,” notes says Agnieszka Oleszkiewicz, Chlorofil’s head, who initiated the project. “The apps created by us serve this purpose. In a few minutes, you can get the necessary knowledge in a nutshell.”