Case Study: My ENVIRO-DEPOT(tm)

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“RRFB Nova Scotia contracted Big Fish to create a mobile app for a province-wide network of Enviro-Depots. The work was completed on time and on budget. My experience with Big Fish was fantastic. They are professional, creative, focused, and fun to work with. I have no hesitation recommending Big Fish as a mobile app developer.”

Carolyn Pierce, Communications Manager

Divert Nova Scotia

A regional not-for-profit corporation in Canada introduces a waste diversion solution that uses smartphone GPS to provide residents without curbside recycling services, an easy way to quickly find nearby recycling drop off points.


Divert NS (formerly RRFB Nova Scotia) partners with industry, and 54 municipalities in the province, to improve the environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering resources through composting facilities, curbside programs and a network of over 75 ENVIRO-DEPOT™ locations.

The Opportunity

Curbside recycling programs, funded by Divert NS, divert a wide range of materials from disposal. Yet, the huge geographic expanse and low population density of the province reduces the areas covered by pickup services.

The region’s municipalities and environmental leaders wanted a way to improve the availability of recycling services to residents and remote businesses. With the help of Divert NS they offer depots in every region where recyclable waste can be dropped off. The challenge was to increase awareness and usage of all ENVIRO-DEPOT™ facilities.

What Makes It Smarter

Divert Nova Scotia worked with Big Fish Digital to create the My ENVIRO-DEPOT™ mobile app to help residents and businesses without curbside recycling services easily and instantly find ENVIRO-DEPOT™ recycling drop off locations.

Utilizing the GPS capability of smartphones, the My ENVIRO-DEPOT™ mobile app finds the user’s location and plots turn-by-turn directions to nearby Enviro-Depots on a map. Users can display other information such as hours, photo, address, phone number and recyclable materials accepted.

The My ENVIRO-DEPOT™ app works on the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. The app is ideal for people who are on the go, have camps and cottages, or have projects at different worksites.

Real Business Results

With the creative expertise of Big Fish Digital, Divert NS was able to respond quickly to meet their mission of serving residents, and improving both the environment and economy of Nova Scotia.

The My ENVIRO-DEPOT™ app is a key part of the waste diversion solution for municipalities and businesses across Nova Scotia. Assisting them in meeting mandates to reduce environmental waste hazards, and the stress on local resources, while improving the quality of life for all citizens in the province.

Plus, the funds generated by the depots help to deliver education and awareness programs, provide funding for research and development, and promote innovation through the development of value-added manufacturing.


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