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Barcode scanner helps you recycle

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:27

A barcode scanner that helps sort your recycling has gone on display at the IFA technology fair in Berlin. Jim Drury has more.

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STORY: Confused about whether or not to recycle your discarded packaging? French start-up Uzer says Eugene - its recycling barcode scanner - is the answer. SOUNDBITE (English) PAUL ALARCON, CO-FOUNDER OF EUGENE, SAYING: "There is a motion sensor, so every time you come next to Eugene to scan the product, to throw out the product, the camera will turn on….. Eugene will tell you how to recycle the different components of your product. For example, here Eugene tells you that the cardboard goes to the recycling bin and the plastic tube goes to landfill bin." A connected smartphone app rewards users for their conscientiousness. SOUNDBITE (English) PAUL ALARCON, CO-FOUNDER OF EUGENE, SAYING: "So the device is connected to a mobile app and every time you scan a product Eugene will reward you with points and these points you can convert to vouchers and discounts on your favourite products." Uzer has signed up various retailers to the scheme and has a database of more than 200,000 products. The app can also automatically add replacements of your discarded items to an online shopping basket. Eugene works on double-A batteries which will last for six months, as power is only used when the motion sensor recognises movement. Available in France for 99 euros, it will launch in the UK and North America next year. Eugene was displayed at this week's IFA tech fair in Berlin.

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Barcode scanner helps you recycle

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:27