QR Code Helps Keep The Beach Clean

Previous QR Codes on the beach including Southbay Beach in the UK and Enoshima Beach in Japan have been constructed from sand just for fun. Now Santa Monica Beach in California has used QR Codes in a more practical way to help keep the beach clean. Heal the Bay and the City of Santa Monica have distributed 500 beach trash cans with a QR Code that resolves to the Santa Monica Beachcast where users can find the latest surf and weather conditions, read the most recent beach report cards, volunteer for Heal the Bay’s beach cleanups and much more.

Poster on Santa Monica beach trash can
QR Coded beach trash can

5 thoughts on “QR Code Helps Keep The Beach Clean”

  1. Our beaches mean everything to us. Now that it is tourist season and with all the Japanese and Asian tourists, QR Codes can help. We love it!

    Nick Palo
    Warbasse Design
    Santa Monica

  2. Just checked out the mobile site for this code and it’s outstanding. Relevant information. Integrated real-time Instagram feed. Links to the Instagram app on your phone and to get the app if you don’t have it.

    Overall, very impressed!

  3. Conceptually nice…

    But, will anyone really scan these? You’re going to a trash bin to throw something away, you bend down, squint, focus and scan a code (while trash is still in your other hand?)??? Or, you threw out your trash, then pulled out your phone which you carried with you, along with your trash???

    Instagram tie-in means iPhone only, leaving everyone else in the cold. Please, enough with these iPhone-only apps. It’s a small percentage of the market.

    Metallic surface and medium contrast code in the sunlight? The visual design of the artwork leads the User’s eyes AWAY from the QR code, not to it (literally, arrows to direct your focus)…

    IDK, I remember when everyone got so excited last year about NYC putting QR codes on their garbage trucks…

    Has it come down to be excited about every QR code for the sake of QR codes?

  4. Market share of iPhone is now 18% and rising worldwide, 28% here in the US, hardly a “small percentage” of the market. And I’m sure there are many Android apps out there that read QR codes, so between Android and Apple, I would say the vast majority of smart phones can handle QR codes just fine…

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