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Trash, recycle or compost? Local 3rd-grader designed an app for that

Vibha Anand of Clyde Hill used her coding skills to help people reduce waste.

Trash, recycle or compost?

There’s an app for that — or soon could be, thanks to a girl from Clyde Hill.

Vibha Anand, who just finished the third grade at Clyde Hill Elementary School, dabbled in coding during the stay-home days of the pandemic.

Her app, Trash Sorter, was named a finalist in the “18under18” coding competition held by BYJU’S FutureSchool, where she had taken coding classes. With the task of thinking of a problem that could be solved using technology, she came up with a quiz format.

Users of Trash Sorter see three options: trash, recycle, compost. They are shown an image of an item and prompted to choose the proper means of disposal. If they choose correctly, they are taken to the corresponding screen.

Vibha is done with the coding and design of the app but is still working out a few bugs.

Vibha also loves singing, piano, gymnastics, and science. She is not sure what she wants to do in the future but has dreams of becoming an actress or singer.

BYJU’S FutureSchool is an online learning platform that teaches math, coding, and music, arts, and film via one-on-one, live instruction with a teacher.


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About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.