Gaia is a proof-of-concept mass recycling and upcycling app built on top of Telegram, aimed at reducing landfill waste in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Leveraging existing commercial services by Terracycle, Upcycle and Abilities, Gaia acts as a middleman for those wanting to responsibly dispose of the following items:

  • Dolce Gusto Nespresso Capsules
  • Plastic toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste packaging
  • Compostable coffee cups and lids
  • Coffee bags (Supreme, Kokako, Peoples)
  • LCD televisions
  • Plasma televisions
  • CRT box televisions
  • Laptops
  • Desktop computers
  • Printers and ink cartridges
  • Cellphones
  • GLAD ziplock bags
  • GLAD wrap (or equivalent)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, car)

The app and project is still in active development, with plans to create a carbon neutral (or negative) means of collecting waste from households. One idea is to use a zero emissions utility vehicle such as the Nissan EV NV200. Any further suggestions and feedback would be highly appreciated.

For more information or queries please contact or message me on Telegram