Alternative Waste Management, ReNatured


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Alternative Waste Management, ReNatured

  1. 1. Wasted Opportunities CURRENTLY DESIGNATED FOR RECYCLING THROUGH DSNY COLLECTION• paper: newsprint, cardboard, and mixed paper• plastic bottles and jugs• glass containers• metal cans, foil, and other household metal items• beverage cartonsNOT CURRENTLY DESIGNATED FOR RECYCLINGTHROUGH DSNY COLLECTION• other types of plastics besides bottles and jugs• other paper: napkins, tissues, paper plates and cups, laminated paper• organics: including food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic materials• electronic waste: including TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones, and other electronics• textiles and carpets• construction and demolition debris (C&D)• household hazardous waste• miscellaneous inorganics *From the Department of Sanitation, NYC Mayor’s Office
  2. 2. Every year the 5 boroughs generate 14 MILLION tons of waste2,000 government trucks I 4,000 private trucks collect it all
  3. 3. Construction, TermitesDemolition WasteOrganic Waste PigsToxic Waste Mycroremdiation
  4. 4. Left overgrown for 50 years...
  5. 5. Now a bird sanctuary, the island is currently abandoned and off-limits to thepublic. A dense forest conceals the ruined hospital buildings, and from the1980s through the early 2000s it supported one of the areas largest nestingcolonies of Black-crowned Night Heron. Article Radiolab at North Brothers Island
  6. 6. Subterranean Termite
  7. 7. Interesting Facts:• Termites cause more damage to American homes than tornadoes, hail storms, windstorms, and hurricanes combined.• Termite damage to homes cost Americans more than a billion dollars each year.• Termites have been around for more than 240 million years -- and they show no sign of leaving any time soon.
  8. 8. Subterranean Termites Castes: • Workers, are the termites who do all the damage. They are responsible for finding food, tending the young, and feeding the reproductives and soldiers. • Reproductives, reproduce. The primary reproductive in any termite colony is the queen, who regulates every aspect of the colonys life through a complex system of chemical messengers that we are just beginning to understand. • Alates, or "swarmers," who are winged reproductive termites produced by mature colonies, who set off to establish colonies of their own. • Soldiers, whose job is to protect the colony from predators and intruders. Soldiers typically are present only in mature colonies.In nature: The job of termites is to eat dead trees and thus return essentialnutrients to the soil.Predators: The occasional bird or woodland animal seeking a tasty treat.
  9. 9. Interesting Facts Continued...Live in the soilUnderground nestsTravel around 100 yardsTermites Swarming
  10. 10. Scale Implications
  11. 11. PlaNYC
  12. 12. I’m working on visualizing ways to communicate possible implementation ofalternative waste management and playing with what that may look like.Shown next is a series of trash cans called “Wild Bins”.The Problem-> I constantly find myself stopping to read the labels on the trashcans at school to properly dispose of waste.The Solution-> The idea behind “Wild Bins” is to make recycling a thoughtlessact with the hypothesis that if it’s thoughtless then more people will do it rightand more often. I see the design of a traditional trash can as an opportunity toeducate the public and to get them to be part of improved waste managementinstead of relying on the government.