Welcome to the guide to The Big Clean-Up mobile app. First of all, thank you for choosing to help make the world a better place. But before we get lost in flattery here, let’s get started.
To get you started, here’s a rough overview:
1. Structure of the app
The app is divided into five pages after starting / signing up / logging in. You can find the different pages at the bottom. Starting from the left:
- new posts / contributions are shown here. Only organizations and associations can write a post or blog. Besides the posts, statistics will be added later.
- find out what is happening in your area. Want to know where trash can be found near you? Look it up and head straight for it. You just want to rest on the next bench? Then look where the nearest bench is and enjoy your day on it.
- a very simple page to open the maps
- community page: here you can create and find groups. But not only groups you can find here. Also an overview of users in your area (or optionally all users) and of course a ranking, which lists users, groups and countries by points.
- your profile including settings
2. Start of the Map Activity
After you start the map, if you have previously specified a location, you will be dropped directly over your land. So in this case we are from the USA, which is why we see America (at least part of it).
At the bottom you can see that there are options there. But first, let’s go through the numbering:
- if you have agreed to the location authorization, a button will appear in the upper right corner. If you click on it, you will be taken to your current position.
- this symbol stands for a regular polygon (in this case a pentagon), which means that you can create a surface by setting points. More on this here.
- next you have the possibility to set a route. To do this, simply place the points on the map one after the other to create the route. Click here for instructions.
- the function is not yet available and will be added later. Here it should be possible later that you track your route live. So you don’t have to set the points manually.
- here you see a circle with a question mark. This stands for adding a circular area. You only need one point on the map + indication of the cleared radius.
- the three points do not serve anything at the moment. A function will be added here later.
- set the map type. Do you want a satellite image (as shown in the screenshot) or do you want a less beautiful map instead? You have the choice!
3. Report trash
So let’s say you’re walking or driving through the neighborhood and you see trash lying around, but unfortunately you don’t have anything to pick it up. But you still want to make others aware of it or save the spot for later. If this is your plan, you can also report the area. For this we proceed as follows:
First, please select the option – is it a area, a route or a circle. In our example it should be a area (polygon).
Now you have to set at least 3 and at most 10 points in a maximum distance of 1.000m.
When you have set the points, confirm your polygon with the green check mark at the bottom right. If you want to delete the area again, simply click on the red X next to the check mark.
When you have finished and confirmed the input, a window will open. To report an area now, you must toggle the switch that you have not cleaned the area.
Optionally you can add a description or a checklist (which can be very helpful). Are e.g. thick gloves or clothes needed etc.).
Afterwards you confirm with the lower button and you have already reported an area.
The result then looks like this:
4. Clean up trash area
Besides reporting trash, it is of course also possible to clear areas of trash and then publish that area. This works similar to reporting.
So let’s say you want to publish a stretch of road you just cleaned. To do this, select the second point in the bottom bar (the three dashes), then set again – at least two – points on the map and confirm them.
After confirming, a window opens again, which looks like this. By default it is selected that you have cleaned the area. The only thing that is a mandatory field for a distance is the width of the distance that you have cleaned (for a circular area it would be the radius) These details are mandatory.
If you want to get more points, enter the time, the weight and a description. When you are done, confirm your entries. If you want to upload images, confirm the image upload as well.
After uploading, a window opens again, which looks like this.
Here you have the choice to share your work or close the window.
It’s also possible, as we’ve already seen, to share your work with the world. With a click on Share you will be guided through the process.
It starts with taking a picture of the area that you have previously cleaned up. Position the area so that it is completely visible. Optionally, you can also change the map type.
Click on “Capture screen” to take a picture of the selected area. Then go to the next page.
Now four objects are added automatically. First, of course, the picture you just took, the time invested, the area cleaned up and the weight of the garbage. Now you can place everything as you like.
If this is not enough for you, you can add more texts (1.), pictures (2.), or change the background (3.). If you think everything fits, click Save (4.). This will create an image without the boxes around the objects.
Finally, you can share it with an app of your choice.
6. Add a bench
The process of adding a bank is similar.
First, you select the type of bank from the bottom bar. Then a window will open asking you to place a point on the map where the bank is located. If everything fits and you confirm the input, a window will open.
All information is optional. Theoretically, it is enough to click on the next button. If you want more points, you should give a description and rating.
The bank is displayed with a marker on the map. At the beginning it is red. The more people confirm the bank, the greener the marker becomes. After three confirmations it is finally confirmed and stays green.
This tutorial is constantly being expanded.