Kitchen trash barrels could respond with a random set of humorous phrases or short bits of music when people insert recycling "Way to go!" "I like it!""Awesome!" In addition the barrel could have a scanner attached so that containers with recycling n
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I know there are many barriers to making this an accepted waste management option but I bet there are enough people who want to pay for the ability to compost just as there were people who wanted to pay a bit more for a Prius knowing that they were reducing their footprint. Some consumers support innovation by buying the gadget to set an example and thus helping it gain momentum. I was inspired the other day when I saw that my neighbor was installing a grey water plumbing system. They paid to replumb their house so that they used the grey water to water the garden. To me, this is a perfect example of a household willing to both reengineer their house and pay extra to save the environment.
I was thinking about multi-unit buildings or scaling as well. In an ideal world, if backyards are connected as they are in SF, you could have a block-wide composting receptacle. In a new block of homes or a renovated block with building goals of sustainability, a shared compost resource and a shared garden space could be a unifying element for the block and the neighborhood.
Thanks Angel -This is a great referral. I love it. It addresses the idea quite well. I like the idea that it is made for people who might want to do their own composting and those who just want to contribute to the municipal compost collection.
Great question. I want to make it easy for people to compost and hope this idea is not just for existing composters but also to show others it can be hassle free. The easier the composting process fits into busy people's lives, the more they will adopt it as a practice. Since people are very used to putting compostables down the sink, using a disposal could make it easier for new composters to join in. My suggestion of starting with someone who already composted was to work out the mechanics of the process first before launching it on a newbie. Of course you could start with someone who did not compost at all and see if you could develop a system through the sink-orator. Another advantage of the disposal is that ground up food in a slurry will compost much more quickly than solid food from a bin.