Written by Jennifer Nguyen

It’s a harsh truth, but not everyone recycles. Sometimes it is due to reasons such as lack of knowledge as to where everything belongs. It can also be inconvenient and out of the way, especially if no curbside program exists. Lack of enforcement and little incentives also contribute to this overarching attitude. After some researching, here are some ways that people deal with trash.

1. Sweden incinerates their trash and this is turned into energy. Only 4% of trash goes into the landfill, compared to Americans which is 63%.

By Swedish law, producers are responsible for handling all costs related to collection and recycling or disposal of their products. If a beverage company sells bottles of pop at stores, the financial onus is on them to pay for bottle collection as well as related recycling or disposal costs. “A good number to remember is that three tons of waste contains as much energy as one ton of fuel oil … so there is a lot of energy in waste,” said Göran Skoglund. This is why the country has taken advantage of the fact a number of European nations don’t have the capacity to incinerate garbage themselves due to various taxes and bans across the EU that prevent landfill waste. There’s where Sweden comes in to buy garbage other countries can’t dispose of themselves at a reasonable cost.

2. Busch Systems allows you to select your features and suggests which trash bin design you should get.

3. People have hard physical examples to cue users on which bin to put their waste in.

4.UAE Students invent a bin that makes recycling more fun.

Two business students came up with an idea to promote eco friendly habits by inventing a machine with four slots that would recycle plastic bottles. Each time a bottle is thrown in, it would light up, kind of similar to a game.

5. Greenbean did a similar thing, and it has been implemented across several universities.

This is a reverse vending machine that recycles on the spot and offer students financial incentives to paypal, campus card, student org, or charity.

6.The Fun Theory took on the challenge of making recycling fun so that instead of being awarded money, people receive more joy. Lights would flash and a score would increase each time plastic/glass bottles were dispensed.

7. Our group decided to design some preliminary sketches as to some solutions to the food waste problem here at UCSD. Enjoy our storyboards!

After talking to Krista Mays again, our next steps are to actually design a physical prototype and have it testing by next week. She told us that we could experiment at Canyon Vista and Cafe Ventanas. She supports the idea of having an “I don’t know” bin, so that we can see where students are having confusion.