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.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Two ends of the spectrum - Preliminary thoughts

Considering the cheap/economic end of the scale;
Above image shows additional chutes being added, each one disposes of a different recyclable product...

Tenants have expressed their 'fondness' of the chutes, is this the most practical, affordable solution? To what extent do we 'patch and repair' these chutes? If we re-design the current system of waste disposal will that dictate a re-design of the application also? Can the chute technology cope with a more diverse waste system?
To what extent do we take this??

Considering the expensive end of the scale, an ambitious scheme on a Master Plan Scale;

A system from Envac which employs underground chutes which use natural air to suck the deposited waste along the lines at 80kph to a large waste management centre, each recyclable product is separated at the user end and then is systematically sent to the centre.
A 'slightly' more realistic option which shows a communal location storing the waste until a truck can come and 'suck' up the rubbish, the master scheme tries to eliminate road traffic by eliminating the need for these trucks...

Perhaps our solution will be something in between the two extremes that have been highlighted here?

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