The story behind the ‘illegal dump site map/app’

Working with Bow High School teacher Marcel Duhaime, BHS students in early 2015 developed an app for mobile devices that allows people to mark where large piles of trash (illegal dump sites) are found when walking around the town forests of Bow.  The app marks what it is, how large it is and where it is located.  This info automatically shows up on a map that is shared with groups in town looking for community service projects (ie. Boy Scouts, Venturing Crew, Bow Open Spaces, Conservation Commission, etc). These groups will go out, remove all trash and then mark that the site has been cleaned up.  Dump site locations will also be analyzed to see if there are any patterns so our town managers can make changes to reduce this practice in the future (ie. install gates, police patrols, etc). 

The development of the app was part of the “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.” The BHS app earned First Place honors in the State of New Hampshire category, and then competed at the national level.