About This Live Project

Sheffield Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up and owned by Sheffield City Council to manage council housing in Sheffield. As our client, Sheffield Homes offered us a list of potential project briefs for us to choose from, all of which deal with important issues and concerns regarding the current council housing stock in Sheffield. Our group decided to embark upon developing innovative solutions to address the important issue of waste disposal in flatted council estates. Our hope is that our efforts can offer strong design initiatives on the topic whilst creating awareness and incentive on the importance of recycling and proper disposal of household waste.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Look Out Below!... Or not?

Visiting the Lansdowne council housing estate was certainly an interesting and revealing experience. In terms of understanding how waste disposal / recycling is, or isn't achieved, in a flatted council housing typology - our findings weren't surprising...

Looking at the photo above, you can probably easily guess that the painted cylinder running up the core area isn't structural. Indeed it is a refuse shoot, and these are located throughout the estate in similar locations. The problem?... Well despite the logical nature of the system, the capacity avaliable just isn't practical at all for typical general waste.

The next photo above shows a similar refuse shoot access point on one of the upper floors. As you can see, the openable tray designed for the tenant to insert refuse into the shoot is far too small for a typical black bin liner. Therefore it is very common that these access points are frequently littered with discarded bags. This in turn puts strain on the refuse collection workforce and makes the areas themselves unpleasant and certainly unhygienic. In some estates huge signs can be found warning of fines to those who dump their rubbish bags in this manner... The source of the problem has been clearly neglected...

There is most definitely scope here to tackle this problem, whether we might decide to focus on dealing with the idea of overloaded capacity, re-defining routes or the processes involved in such waste disposal or designing a new system for the tenants all together.

1 comment:

Sarah Bryan said...

It might be worth looking into the proposals for the Park Hill rennovation scheme. Park Hill flats have a similar waste system, except theirs is a water shoot!

I wonder how Urban Splash are proposing to tackle this?