Waste avoidance is simply avoiding the production of waste. It is often associated with the terms ‘waste reduction’ or ‘source reduction’, as well as ‘waste minimisation’. As stated in Background to Waste Management, minimisation is at the top of the waste hierarchy, and contrary to popular perception, reducing the amount of waste that is produced can be achieved relatively simply. Slight modifications of procedures and/or altering procurement practices can improve efficiencies in utilising resources, leading to a reduction in the amount of waste produced.
Recycleye has partnered with academics at leading universities to create WasteNet; the world’s largest dataset for waste, holding over 2.5 million training images created by deep learning and computer vision.
These datasets are refined by weight and brand-level detection enabled through Recycleye’s vision system. This technology holds world-leading accuracy that has disrupted the waste industry, and is revolutionising the current waste infrastructure.
This pains me to write, but we all have to come to terms with the harsh reality that recycling validates waste and is a placebo to the complex waste crisis we have designed ourselves into. The things you are separating and putting in your recycling bins are probably not being recycled — and there’s a good chance that they are ending up somewhere you never imagined.
Abfall ist keine Substanz, sondern ein Verhältnis. Durch die Geschichte hindurch hatten die Menschen sich in einer überwiegend friedfertigen Beziehung mit ihrem ständigen Begleiter eingerichtet. Seit 100 Jahren jedoch hinterläßt jede Generation der nächsten einen wachsenden Berg von Altlasten. Der Abfall fordert, nachdem er einige Metamorphosen durchlaufen hat, die Fallensteller der Kategorien heraus – Gesetzgeber, Chemie-Ingenieure, Materialwissenschaftler, Marktforscher, Polizisten, Semiotiker, Kunstkritiker. Heute sind wir dabei, die gesamte Infrastruktur der Gesellschaft nach den Erfordernissen des Müll-Systems auszurichten. Was dabei rauskommt, ist allerdings – bestenfalls – eine Verdichtung und Verlagerung. Mit jeder Verdichtung wird der Tödlichkeitsgrad des Mülls erhöht, mit jeder Verlagerung ein weiteres Territorium in Altlast verwandelt. Die Zukunft hat bereits begonnen. Ihre Fragestellung lautet nicht mehr eigentlich: wohin mit dem Müll?, sondern: wohin mit uns? Hat der Müll System oder ist das System der Müll?
futurefoodsystem was inspired by the world’s first homes. The structure was built to withstand extreme loads, which allows for the home’s soil roof - a feature that creates habitat, provides insulation and facilitates food production. The building has organic certification and is the world’s most resilient building made from natural and recyclable materials.
At the heart of the concept is a system that mimics nature by growing, nourishing and fertilising. futurefoodsystem up-cycles what we regard as ‘waste’ to power the house and grow nutrient-dense, delicious produce. Every one of us generates an abundant nutrient source, we just need to harness it.
futurefoodsystem will cultivate over 250 different species of plants, fungus, insects, snails, fish, fresh water, mussels, crustaceans and even two chicken residents. For 2 months, inhabitants Matt Stone and Jo Barrett will survive solely off the nutrient-dense food and self-generating resources that the building produces; showcasing a food system that is better for our bodies and the planet.
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In recent years, however, policymakers and experts have started thinking about how to increase recycling rates by combining the urban sanitation and recycling systems. Typically, these proposals suggest sanitation departments take over recycling programs. Few have any interest in incorporating the existing informal recycling system. This is a mistake. Over the past few decades, the informal system has become both highly specialized and efficient. We should not ignore it — or the people who’ve developed it.
Maker Jen Fox took to hackster.io to share a Raspberry Pi–powered trash classifier that tells you whether the trash in your hand is recyclable, compostable, or just straight-up garbage.
Waste pollution is one of the biggest and most urgent global challenges mankind faces today. This issue increases together with population growth, fast technological progress and is constantly reinforced by capitalism driven overproduction. Modern societies experience incredibly dangerous moment in history, with highest social inequality rates ever, escalation of various -isms, along with short-sighted populism that both harm democracy and endanger minority groups. Individual people and whole communities suffer social apathy considering themselves powerless and unable to take actions to influence ongoing global processes in line with their best interests and values.
The works presented here were developed after a period of research and involvement with the Lebanese waste crises (2015-present). Throughout, toxicity is seen as an existential and political condition arising from governance that normalizes crisis and prescribes resilience.
Kink Retrograde (19 mins) presents a speculative allegory whose protagonists live in a world and city presided over by shocks that come to resemble the apparent retrograde motion of celestial bodies: cyclical and seemingly backwards moving. The intoxicated characters decide that the social contract between themselves and the sovereign powers has always been breached, and so they must devise a new and transparent contract aware of its own abjectness, risk, and deviance — one of total kink.
The UK as a whole is moving towards sustainability by reducing, re-using and recycling. Each nation seeks to preserve resources, minimise waste, send less to landfill, protect our ecology and make a positive impact on climate change. The future of waste is smart waste, efficiently tracking waste to it’s final destination and accountability for waste throughout it’s lifecycle.
We build easy-to-use tech to connect UK waste producers to licensed waste services and simplify compliance. We believe in making the relevant data accessible and convenient to use, driving behaviour change and creating value by maximising the utility of waste.
This year, the EWWR challenges you to get informed and raise awareness on the huge amount of waste that we all unconsciously generate. We need to make this waste visible in order to make informed decisions when choosing which product to purchase, and take responsibility for our footprint. Producers, consumers, decision-makers, we all can take action to reduce the invisible waste. Extending the life of products by reuse and repair, buying second-hand, renting and sharing products rather than owning them, obtaining an eco-label and joining producer responsibility’s schemes… The list is long! On this page you can find tools to communicate about this year’s theme and ideas for actions. More tools will be uploaded soon, in the meanwhile you can get inspired by two national campaigns carried out by national EWWR Coordinators:
México City, an enormous sprawling city, has struggled with waste for many years. With the closure of its largest landfill, and new initiatives to promote recycling and waste-to-energy solutions, México City is now in a position to be an example for the region. But behaviours and mindsets still have a long way to go. And there is lots that design can do here. Building on political momentum, we are calling on designers to use their creative problem-solving skills to imagine new narratives, services, products, spaces and systems to encourage cleaner and greener waste handling behaviours across México City.
This incredible cooperative is having an impact in reshaping the society by including most marginalized persons and by fostering economical and environmental sustainability. All these aspects are visible in the video where members explained us how they manage to "raise awareness" and how they are building a more sustainable economic model. But all this started in a very specific moment: the Argentinian 2001 crisis.
Like a regular commercial bank, you open up an account with your local waste bank. Periodically, you make deposits with your non-organic solid waste, which are weighed and given a monetary value, based on rates set by waste collectors. This value is saved in your account from which, like a regular bank, you can withdraw. The basic principles of waste banks remain the same across provinces: collect, save, earn, change behavior, and enjoy a clean neighborhood.
Accelerate the transition towards a circular economy by providing machine learning tools to enable smarter characterisation, ubiquitous tracking and automated sorting of waste.
WasteAid shares waste management and recycling skills in the world’s poorest places.
1 in 3 people worldwide have to dump or burn their waste, causing the spread of disease, polluting the oceans and adding to the climate crisis.
Together with our partners, we develop waste collection and recycling programmes to build a cleaner and healthier future. You can help.
When I walk, I get inspired by the things that I find in the street. So I’m just walking and collecting. I don’t have high-class friends. Because people know me as the person who just collects things on the street. People feel ashamed when they are with me. When you collect in the street, you look like a street boy or madman.
The Brighton Waste House is the first permanent building in the UK to be constructed from waste, surplus material and discarded plastic gathered from the construction industry, other industries and our homes. The idea, developed with Cat Fletcher of FREEGLE UK, is to test the performance of these undervalued resources over the next few years; the Faculty of Science & Engineering have put sensors in the external walls to monitor their performance.