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JERApp, an option to recycle objects that you no longer use

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(EFE) – Have you ever wondered what to do with clothes, electronic devices, musical instruments, furniture and toys that you no longer use? The application JERApp can help you We tell you
There are products that can have a second use, but when they accumulate they become trash and “there begins a problem that could be avoided,” Alejandro Núñez, developer of the JERApp application, designed to boost the circular economy, told EFE news agency.
With the help of Internet and the use of applications can promote reuse to prevent obsolete products from becoming garbage, said Núñez, who created the application under this approach, whose letters JER mean “board, delivery and recycle.”
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The app, which works throughout Mexico, allows you to connect to public, companies or institutions that have products for Recycle and it facilitates the shipment by means of a parcel system that collects the garbage in any locality of the country.
These products can be clothing, electronic devices, musical instruments, furniture and toys, among others, that reach recycling companies to take advantage of salvaged materials and rejoin the productive and economic chains.
Núñez, an industrial engineer with a master’s degree in science, explained that people hardly take to storage centers things that can be recycled or have a second use. However, they store them, clog them and end up becoming garbage.
Reduce, reuse and recycle

JERApp is a tool of the circular economy, which consists in reducing, reusing and recycling, in opposition to the current economic model governed by production, use and disposal.
“This paradigm could be coming to an end,” said Núñez, who is also an international lecturer on issues of e-waste, circular economy and sustainable ventures .
“What I am betting on the future is that Mexico will have to coexist the extended responsibility, where the producer and the brands generate collection programs, and shared, where citizens will have to participate in the reuse,” he said.
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Núñez explained that the circular economy poses two different moments. A previous one, from the origin of the products, where they are designed so that at the end of their useful life they can be reincorporated into the productive chains, they are reunited or repaired.
And another more advanced moment that raises think about “the products that are already in the market and how we can capture them again to extend their useful life”.
He gave the example of printers of house that are discarded by the damage to a piece, which does not mean that the complete printer does not work. Although it may be in good condition, it ends up becoming scrap metal.
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Through JERApp “we are capturing that obsolete product, we send companies that recover components such as the printer engine, which can be reused for mechatronics or robotics, or the development of products,” he said.
“This is why JERApp is an alternative for the management of garbage, counteracting the problem,” he said, adding that he wants the application to be extended to other countries.
In the future, it is thought that companies no longer sell a product, but rather renten the service of a product; therefore, they will have to make more durable products, he said.
The Mexican panorama
iStock In Mexico, the mechanisms for waste management have been questioned. “It is untenable the amount of garbage that is generated, and today they do not reach the budgets of the government to maintain the pace of purchase of garbage trucks, management and creation of sanitary landfills,” he said.
Since 1950, the public garbage collection has not been able to solve the large amount generated daily. According to data from the National Institute of Statistics of 2016, each inhabitant generates an average of one kilo of garbage per day, and in Mexico, 127.5 million kilos are generated daily.
The application helps in environmental and social issues, but also gives governments another alternative so that people not only depend on garbage trucks, and help recyclers in the collection of materials.
“In Europe there are already legislations on circular economy. They go 10 or 15 years ahead, and Mexico must go there, “concluded Núñez.
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