• 06.16.09

Government 2.0: San Francisco Releases EcoFinder iPhone App

The location-based app, released by Haku Wale, uses San Francisco’s XML data feed to guide residents towards drop-off points for items like mercury-filled compact fluorescent bulbs, gas tanks, printer cartridges, and furniture.


It’s an appropriate app for San Francisco, which just last week announced the country’s most comprehensive mandatory recycling and composting laws.  When the laws go into effect this fall, a failure to separate out trash, composting, and recycling could lead to fines of up to $500.


This isn’t the first time that San Francisco has leveraged the power of Web 2.0 for government programs. City residents can contact the city’s 311 call center on Twitter to report graffiti and potholes or request information about city services. It’s an active account–@SF311 has tweeted 80 times since its inception at the beginning of June.

EcoFinder for iPhone from Haku Wale on Vimeo.

[Via Cleantechnica]

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.