Plastic has been a big testament of our evolving technology that is focused on building a more convenient world for mankind. Fast-paced consumerism, convenience, efficient packaging, tight market competition, price , weight, and easy means of transportation especially to hard to reach rural areas makes plastic a good material that is overly used.
As we continue to find solution to efficiently reduce waste by finding new alternative materials and eliminate plastic waste in our society little by little through effective packaging development, let us address the past and the current waste management that we face today.
We propose a solar-grinding trash can for public areas as well as individual homes.
1. Consumers should separate non-biodegradable (bins are color coded according to material and product specification) and biodegradable waste.
2. The metals will be automatically segregated in the non-biodegradable bin.
3. A solar powered grinder will grind the wastes. (using solar power and other renewable energy will result to a sustainable product efficiency .
-For biodegradable-it will be turned into fertilizer/fertilized soil
-For non-biodegradable plastic-it will be shredded to tiny pieces to conserve space and will be made into bricks, pavements, houses, fuel and many other possibilities. Deconstructed infrastructures may be grinded and re-used again.
This will result to a faster waste segregation and management.
Manufacturer-color indicated labels for waste management. Continue to develop easy segregated packaging especially for mixed materials. Participating in package less groceries/ distributing to little convenience stores that may sell products by small amounts in the consumer's re-used containers.
Consumer-awareness and conscious effort in segregation
Government- Implementing rules and regulation as well as making sure that trash is collected and re-used accordingly
Waste segregation should start from the manufacturer to consumer to trash bins, resulting to a sustainable plastic recycling & up cycling. Our present generations as well our future generations will have a good segregating habits. As we continue to develop alternative materials for plastic and develop our packaging to a more sustainable and environmental-friendly alternatives, let us be mindful of our waste.