In December 2021, Launch Pad startup Charopy, in partnership with Containers for Change QLD, launched the next-level Charopy smart bin – the first time a consumer facing screen displaying contextual recycling data has been connected to the bin in Queensland. Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is the first location in Queensland to implement this technology.
Designed to solve the problem of out-of-home recycling bins going to landfill due to contaminated contents, the Charopy panel is a ‘smart bin’ with a locked flap that will only open for eligible containers once scanned and comes with a screen that displays real-time data of containers collected.
The 10 cent refund of each empty beverage container returned will also directly support local charity, Communify.
This is just one of the ways they are making it easier for Queenslanders to recycle their drink containers while also supporting local charities.
Navigating the startup journey in 2021 – the year of change was quite a challenge. Coming into the Launch Pad 6-month SydWest Ignition Startup Accelerator, Charopy Founder and CEO, Martin Collings, expected to “be part of a high calibre cohort of startups guided by some really experienced mentors”.
“What surprised me about the program was the wide range of startups and the diverse set of problems that each business was trying to solve”, Martin explained.
As a startup founder, he really appreciated “the wide range of experts and external speakers” in the program, as well as “the learning that came from being exposed to such a varied and rich level of expertise”.
Martin’s journey after the accelerator has been making a difference, in particular just recently in Queensland with the Charopy panel.
Find the Charopy bin panel in the fresh food court opposite Woolworths at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.