NYC Sanitation Trucks Go High Tech with QR Codes Linked to Recycling Videos

Recently, New York City celebrated Internet Week by setting up QR codes in Times Square so that tourists could instantly get information about the city by receiving photos, messages, and links just by scanning the code in with their phone. Due to the success from this initial project, now the NYC Department of Sanitation has decided to incorporate QR codes onto 2,200 trucks. These QR codes will link to a “How to Recycle” video. The how to video will begin to appear on trucks in 6 to 8 weeks, and in the meanwhile the QR codes will give people access to a video from NYC Media’s show “The Green Apple: Recycling.” The Sanitation Department has explained that they are doing this because of how many people have been coming to their website to learn about how to recycle correctly.

Overall, we think that this is a neat idea, but we’re not sure how many people out there are aware of what a QR code is and how to use it, but we guess you have to start somewhere. And interestingly enough, this news comes just one day after the NYPD announced that their patrol cars are now being equipped with energy-efficient blue LED lights, so you gotta give NYC some cred for doing what they can to go green.

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