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.

Friday, 10 October 2008

The UK has one of the worst records for recycling within the EU, with rates of just 11% compared with Austria's 64%

Energy Recovery in Hampshire

"In Hampshire, Veolia Environmental Services already operates three modern Energy Recovery Facilities: this video tells the story of how the company has managed Hampshire's waste since 1996 through recycling, composting and energy recovery and shows how its Chineham Energy Recovery Facility was developed."

Check out the informative video below:

Recycling & Energy Recovery - Fun Learning

Getting the message across to school kids about the importance of recycling and energy recovery is a crucial initative. Clicking on the image below takes you to an interactive game designed by Veolia Environmental Services, who were awarded a long term waste management contract by Sheffield City Council.

"Eco-Star.com is an educational resource showing how waste management works, in a way that children enjoy and understand. Based around a virtual community, all the games are backed up with Did You Know? trivia and quizzes, together with teachers' notes and ideas for lesson plans with cross-curricular links."

Recycling and Delight

More bin seats!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Foreign recycling


Blue bin: Household wastes (in each buiding)
Yellow bin: Paper, cardboard,etc. (in each buiding)

green container: glass (in the street)


Grey bin: Household wastes (in the street)
Blue bin: paper, cardboard (in the street)
Green bin: glass (in the street)

I'm waiting for more informations for Vienna, Luxembourg, Lausanne, Brisbane, Florence and Montreuil Paris's suburbs.

But it seems to be more or less the same way of collecting garbages. But I think that in Switzerland recycling is more developed.

Organic Waste

Feed The Cows

Feed the cows! ....as mentioned by India one of our previous group sessions ^_^
Click the link to find out more.

Sheffield's Answer?

Good news... A new trial scheme to promote recycling.

Bad news... The bins are empty.  Good news... The council must have emptied them.  Bad news... No, nobody uses them.  How can we encourage people to recycle?  This question is pertinent to the project.

For more information see http://www.sheffieldhomes.org.uk/about-us/sheffield-homes-news/may--june-

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Awareness Poster

Below is a graphic I have been working on. Its based on facts and figures from government websites.
I have the full size PDF but I don't know where to host the file... any ideas?

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

"Receptacle for the Recyclable"

"Sure, it's goofy and looks like something out of a Pixar film, but it also integrates itself with the existing trash cans (some around the Loop and other parts of the city are different - nicer - but this scheme could be modified to fit onto those, too) and proposes reusing newspapers, over just recycling, their bundled masses poking from the green orb for easy grabbing. These are a couple good ideas that set it apart from the other schemes, ones that tended to be from the ground up and lacking in a sense of humor."*

Image & text source found @ http://archidose.blogspot.com/

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.

Bin Seats

designer's own words:"...a fresh look at the tired topic of waste". What more appropriate product to target than the icon of waste - the urban garbage bin. Reusing and recycling can be a necessity or a statement, but both are driven by rethinking. A garbage bin has its own unique characteristics: it contains, it has wheels and ribs, it is stackable and thermoplastic. A chair has its own unique characteristics: it contains, it has legs, it reflects tradition and human dimensions, it is structural. We shuffled these characteristics; stretched and deformed the sides of the bin to create a seat, we sawed and bent the ribs to strengthen and emphasize forms. At times we hung on to a word or an image and melted the plastic to realize it; at times we allowed the process to take its own course. The design process reexamined the chair archetype and confronted its traditional image with the relatively inferior one of its former life as a garbage bin. On one hand is a bin - on the other, a chair.

Recycle Now


Perhaps this diagram requires a sequence??
1; Education (teaching those about recycling, how, why, etc.)
2; Efficiency (bring in automation systems should people fail to tackle the problems themselves) and the last resort...
3; Enforce (Punish people under the Environmental Health Act, section 46, etc.)

Community Composting

How about a community composting scheme?


Monday, 6 October 2008

"Nearly two-thirds of all household rubish can be recycled, which saves energy and raw materials."
- The importance of waste in a nutshell, as put by the Direct Gov website, thanks Gov!

144 hours later and we have a brief!! and I am online finally...