The can has been designed in an effort to increase recycle rates in France

Last year a report from a French consumer watchdog reported that the country's recycling rates were ‘disastrous' and well below that of its European neighbors. To combat the issue a startup called Uzer has designed a smart trash bin that tells you what can be recycled and track what you are consuming. With the mechanics of a pedal bin and the addition of a barcode scanner the device could help France out with its reluctance to recycle.

The smart trash can, named Eugene, can decipher exactly what products can and cannot be recycled. For example, if you waved the barcode of a microwave meal by it, Eugene would let you know that the cardboard body and hard plastic tray can be recycled, but the thin film has to go into general waste.

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