Student Wins App Competition for V.I.P. Waste Services

by Laura Hinckley, Public Relations Writer

Zach Schneider, a senior from Cedarville University, won the App competition sponsored by V.I.P. Waste Services of Columbus, Ohio. 

The competition was created by Jesse Lear and Travis Smith, Co-Founders of V.I.P. Waste Services and 2009 graduates of Cedarville. In an attempt to gain intellectual support for their business, they opened the competition to Cedarville students — regardless of academic major. The goal was to create the best mobile application to help the company achieve higher levels of quality control. 

V.I.P. Waste Services provides doorstep trash and recycling services as a luxury amenity for apartment communities across the Midwest. Multiple nights per week, the company sends professional crews to more than 70 apartment communities to pick up trash and recycling for residents. 

According to Lear, V.I.P. Waste is committed to delighting its customers with excellent service, and a major part of this is ensuring that the company's crews never miss a bag. However, because apartment communities are often made up of multiple buildings of similar design, it can be challenging for employees to keep track of which buildings have been serviced. Schneider developed an app that will help the company systematize this process so that accuracy, and ultimately customer satisfaction, is not impacted by human error. 

Schneider, in his winning app, developed sophisticated software designed to pair with QR codes so that V.I.P. employees can scan each building with a smart phone. The app sends the information from each building scanned to a database that automatically updates and organizes information in real-time. Beyond ensuring that every building receives consistent service, the app will also allow employees and supervisors to monitor progress through each route and analyze data to become more efficient.

Lear and Smith are extremely happy with Schneider’s application and the time and effort that he put into creating it. “As a result of Zach’s work, we expect to achieve higher levels of accuracy than ever before,” said Lear.

Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at