The Sogama App, a great help to correctly separate waste at source

The Sogama App, a great help to correctly separate waste at source

The Sogama App is one year old. Since it was put into circulation in July 2014, there are already many who use it every day with the aim of improving the separation of waste at source and contributing to recycling.

With this tool, accessible through mobile phones with Android and IOS (iPhone) operating systems, citizens can make inquiries and solve their doubts in real time, thus facilitating their carrying out, in any place or situation, and from individual and collective responsibility, proper management of the urban waste they generate.


But the application is not limited only to providing specific information about the destination containers for each waste, but stops to explain the treatment to which each type is subjected, and which varies depending on their characteristics and particularities, even identifying the products. in which they can be converted once recycled.

Nor is it limited to the containers enabled on public roads: yellow, for plastic containers, cans and cartons; blue, for cardboard and paper; green igloo, for glass containers; and conventional green, for the rest fraction, which Sogama transforms with all the environmental and health guarantees into electrical energy, but also refers to the operation of the so-called "clean points", closed areas located in the municipalities to which residents must transfer those wastes classified as "special", given their size, toxicity or danger. This is the case of bulky, electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), aerosols, paints, varnishes, etc., which pass into the hands of authorized managers in order to receive the appropriate treatment.

Home composting also has its place, presenting itself as a magnificent alternative for the management of organic waste produced in single-family homes that have an orchard, garden and / or farmland. And it is that by closing the recycling circuit of organic matter in the homes themselves, and that represents around 42 percent of the global composition of garbage, municipalities obtain important environmental benefits derived from the lower frequency of collection and transport, with the consequent reduction in CO2 emissions, as well as economic, since, by reducing the amounts of waste to be introduced in generic containers, they will deliver fewer tons to Sogama, thus reducing the amount of the invoices that must be paid to this public company .

In addition to all this, the residents obtain a high quality natural fertilizer that, in general, meets all the requirements imposed by the current regulations on the matter, and can be applied to agriculture with absolute guarantees and without restrictions.

In this way, through the App the citizen can visualize the complete route through which a waste must pass to be properly managed, from when it is produced until it is recycled, recovered, materially or energetically, or eliminated.


To foster the interest of users, this tool also explains the advantages of classifying the different fractions that make up the garbage, and it also does so by providing examples: that a plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade; that disposable diapers take 500 years to decompose; that for every 100 kilos of organic matter, 30 kilos of compost can be obtained; that with the recycling of one ton of paper we avoid the felling of 24 adult trees, the consumption of 24 cubic meters of water and 4,100 KW of electricity; that recycling four glass bottles saves the energy equivalent to keeping a refrigerator running for a whole day; and that a single mercury button cell can pollute up to 600,000 liters of water, equivalent to the amount consumed by 30 people in their lifetime.

The App also has a game through which it is possible to test, in an entertaining and fun way, everything learned. All the internet user has to do is identify the destination container for the different waste that appears on the screen. The more hits, the more points.


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