Biogas come to the help of Ugandan cattle-herders

Biogas come to the help of Ugandan cattle-herders.
This is a form of waste-advantage.

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SGT: Final presentation

So far what we have achieved seems convincing to me . Our main aim was always to reduce the communication gap  in the user experience when it comes to recycling  and this is what reflected in our prototypes.

We are looking forward to make our final presentation much better than the previous one, we wish to use every suggested tool in it.

Hope it will be a nice experience .
Readers are encouraged to give ideas for the presentation.

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SGT: WasteBusters2 blog opened

By Oludayo Oguntoyinbo

Due to the limitation in storage, an additional blog has been created to complement the currrent one.

So for a continuous flow of information, kindly checkout the additional blog at WasteBuster2.



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SGT: An amazing progress…!

By Oludayo Oguntoyinbo

When the SGT course started, it was like “hey, how do we proceed…?”. It took almost weeks to be able to get the clearer picture of what is to be done and fully implemented. From the several meetings to the visits to the brainstorming, it was fast becoming an almost impossible mission at some point. But my! There has been an amazing progress…!

The partnership between the HtCtW guys helped to harness our capability and created a strong desire to make a better impact. I would say that this partnership has been so amazing over the last couple of weeks.

It was a wonderful session of prototyping with HtCtW guys and SUEZ crew on April 12, 2011. All hands were busy and made dirty. Very critical analysis was made by our “guest” Meri. Her visit to the session was so motivational. Her contribution likewise was so immense. I believe everyone at the prototyping session would have had a very good session of put ideas to reality. In 3 words, “it was awesome!”.

The prototyping session had different phases. But a target was set to make a display of one the prototypes at the Design Factory PDP Gala program. So the Waste Tree was decided to be used and more info would come in subsequent blogs about the use of the waste tree at the PDP Gala program.


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SGT: Strategy for Waste Management @ Aalto

By Raja Muddassar Hassan

Although there are existing plans and strategies that is being implemented by Aalto waste management team to reduce the amount of waste and its efficient management. But this blog is aimed to suggest of the key guidelines that can be adopted in any locality.

a. Every year hundreds of students get enrolled in Aalto and during their initial days orientation lectures are delivered. One idea is to include the information about the waste management system in the orientation lectures so that the new comers to Aalto get familiar with the waste management system right from the beginning. This is very important especially for foreign students as the waste management system varies from country to country and it is also the matter of culture. So the students must be informed about their obligation related to waste.

b. If we assume that an efficient waste management system is the one which produce the minimum amount of mixed waste or in a broader sense a waste management system would be efficient if least amount of waste is going to the landfills. In order to achieve this waste segregation plays a key role as it would be easier to handle same type of waste. Also one proposal is to give incentives to the recycling companies such as metal rerolling mills, paper mills, glass factories, bottle manufacturers, energy companies to take part in recycling the waste. The companies should be welcomed if they want to test some kind of innovative approaches to recycle particular type of waste. Incentives could be in different form. This is also very important because in any way countries have to focus on recycling because the global resources are no unlimited and legislators and policy makers have to consider waste to recover materials and chemicals out of it.

c. Interdepartmental waste management award can be one possibility to increase the public awareness in different departments. In that way the department itself will put its effort to enhance the public awareness about the waste management among the students of that department.

d. The same approach as mentioned above can be applied country wide and an award for the university with most efficient waste management system can increase the awareness among public as this way media will also highlight the event.

e. Department of waste management should have the statistics about different types of waste and about their ultimate disposal not just counting the waste that comes to the bin but also how much waste goes for recycling and how much goes to the landfill. With proper data available the campus can also have an idea about economic evaluation of the waste management. For instance the campus can calculate how much energy can be produced from the energy waste being produced every month and then invite the energy companies to make their share in the waste management system.

f. Department of waste management should finance some master’s thesis to study in detail about the waste management system, vulnerable points and the potential solutions.

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SGT: Wastebusters + HtCtW meeting

By Oludayo Oguntoyinbo,

It was a time to showcase weeks of ideas that have been created as a result of surveys and studies. The Wastebusters and the How to change the world – “HtCtW” met at the design factory with Meri Löyttyniemi on March 31, 2011.

During the meeting, the wastebusters presented three waste types – The Waste Tree (Wastree), the Waste Tower (Waste Bar) and the Waste Table. Meanwhile, an opinion questionnaire form was prepared beforehand for participants to fill to make their choices on the three waste types from the WasteBusters. So far, a choice has not been made (the choice result would be published soon).

The HtCtW team presented an almost similar wastetree concept but in a totally different structural way. They had had an emphasis on small bins; but the major focus of the Wastebusters was to actually eliminate small bins (as such reducing wastes).

Afterwards, a general update and reaction was made by Meri (Head of Aalto Sustainable Group). There was a special drill for her as to whether Money and Sustainability would compete in Aalto. But the issue was set clear when she explained students’s ideas are still useful.

More info to follow…

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SGT: Waste Bar

By Raja Mudassar

As waste buster is trying to figure out a sustainable waste management system so Aalto campus is the focus of the project. After the preliminary research I came to the fact that if we want to have and efficient waste management system then the critical factor is the waste collection stage where an effective waste segregation can make a difference and will play a major role in attaining the ultimate goal. Considering design factory it is observed that waste bins for different types of wastes are only in the lobby area and in remaining halls and offices single waste bins are placed and that are being used to through all types of waste generated in those locations. In order to address the issue of waste segregation at those places where at present single waste bin is being used for all types of wastes one idea is by placing compact tower type waste bins called waste bar. Different compartments of waste can be of different sizes based on the type of waste produced in that area. Also the biowaste is better to put in the lower compartment. Different types of waste bars are illustrated in the figures below.

Important Features

Some of the important features that make this waste bin more useable are discussed below.
a. Visibility
With tower type waste bin the visibility issue in libraries and offices can be resolved as it can be easily seen because of its tall structure.
b. Scale up
The tower type bin can be made in any size according to the different types of waste produced in different locations. For instance in case of centralized system it can be of large size.
c. Practical
The size is quite natural and can be easily be made.
d. Availability
The availability factor is also very attractive in this case as minimum muscle energy will be consumed for segregating the waste
e. Economical
The proposed tower bin can be made by number of materials and it is also possible to use recycled plastic for making the structure of the bin.
f. Ergonomical
Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities. So for this proposed waste bin the design is quite ergonmical.
g. Innovative
I think the proposed tower bin is innovative as I have never seen this kind of waste bin before.
h. Design Convenience
Compared with typical waste bin the design is bit complex and not very simple.
i. Mobility
The bin is quite mobile as there are wheels at the bottom and the cleaner can take all three different types of waste at the same time with minimum muscle energy.
j. Acceptability
Since the design is innovative so I guess people will be attracted to use the waste bar.
k. Simplicity
The waste segregation the using the approach of tower type bin is quite simple

Problem in using for kids, old people

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SGT – Meeting with Lilli

By Kiira Kinnunen

On Friday 18th March waste busters group met designer Lilli Mäkelä from Musta design. She has made her bachelor’s thesis on waste management in private households. Her solution to household waste management is a trolley that could be integrated into the kitchen. The system includes various types of waste bins for different kinds of wastes. I think the system seemed very practical and easy to use. The designer stated however, that the system is quite expensive to build because some of the waste bins have complicated designs.

We learnt the basic process of product design from Lilli. Since we have already done research on this, the next step in our project. The basic design process consists of 6 steps:

1) Brainstorming. This is the part when even the wildest innovations are welcome. No critical thinking is involved.

2) developing 3 concepts from the ideas that came up in the brainstorming session. Giving points to each concept based on various variables (for example practicality, mobility..)

3) Concrete design plans for one concept, that ideally combines the good features in all 3 concepts

4) Designing structure for the product

5) Building a prototype

6) Testing the prototype

Final step is to make a suggestion on what the final solution should be like. This can involve making changes to the prototype or starting again from earlier steps.

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SGT – The Hahmo Meeting!

By Oludayo Oguntoyinbo

It was a wonderful session on Friday 4.3.2011, when the team of Toying with trash and wastebuster representative met at Hahmo design, Katajanokka.

The environment tells it all that it was indeed a design and sustainably planned environment.

The resource person Outi Ugas gave a thorough insight into some of her work and explained extensively the sustainability process.

Also present at the presentation was Lilli Mäkelä, a graduate of Industrial Design from Lahti; she graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences. So far, she has got “her hands dirty” with the waste. She is very much in the waste business and waste management design.

Lilli, is now a partner in our project.

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SGT – Online Waste Busters Survey Result

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Note: Kindly click on the images to the information clearly.

5. In general, what kind of improvements should be made regarding waste management in campus area?

a. Communication is important.
b. By implementing approaches that are economically feasible
c. Common areas and gallery should be cleaned in the student village
d. The campus area includes both
e. Exhibition should be held weekly by ISS management or other relevant. Waste from common area to be removed too
f. The faculty building and the housing apartments. The faculty buildings have good waste management I think. But the housing apartments do not have
g. Should have the facility of indoors was te bins , which should be emptied (taken to the outdoors waste bins ) every other day by some member of the cleaning staff (since the cleaning staff is in the buildings almost once everyday.

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