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LU 1: RECYCLING: COLLECTING MORE
OPEN-ENDED BRIEF - It has been recommended for many years
that reducing, reusing and recycling provide many opportunities
for environmental improvements in our own and other countries
and in product manufacture. Design and make a product that uses
at least one of those criteria.
SPECIFIC BRIEF - New targets are soon to be introduced for the
recycling and recovery of packaging waste. Although it is likely
to be possible to meet the plastic recycling target for 2006
from industrial waste sources, more metal and glass is going
to have to be extracted from the domestic waste stream. Design
an appropriate separation and storage system for household use.
Likely recycling targets for 2006:
|Targets for 2001
|Achieved in 2001 (estimate)
|Proposal for 2006
||(Source: Mark Downs, Recoup Annual General
• 2001 Comparing the second row with the first shows that
the recycling targets were met in 2001. The ‘recovery’ heading
includes other useful outputs from the waste stream (eg
energy from incineration).
• 2006 Comparing the second and third rows shows that it
is glass and metal that need to be significantly increased.
Currently it is thought that it is likely to be possible to
meet the plastic recycling target for 2006 from industrial waste
sources, but that more metal and glass is going to have to be
extracted from the domestic waste stream.
Further information concerning this design task can be found
on the Centre for Alternative Technology website, (http://www.cat.org.uk)
in the education section.
Some issues that the design must address
separation of the different types of metal
either, an appropriate volume to match the current frequency
of visits to a recycling centre
or, safe compaction
acceptable styling for UK households
acceptable cost to UK households
design suitable for UK manufacture
appropriate material selection
hygiene issues associated with the contents of the glass
and metal containers
SUPPORT INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
The following photographs illustrate the design problem. They
show the kind of products currently stored in glass and metal
containers in UK households. Teachers wishing to extend the design
tasks for a particular student might include the collection of
batteries in the design brief. It is likely that the collection
and recycling of waste batteries will be required soon in relation
to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
The WEEE Directive will come into force in the next year or so.
They can be used as an introduction to the open-ended brief “Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle”. or the specific recycling design context
on ” Recycling: collecting more”
Typical products stored in glass and metal containers in
Some of the different types of batteries that need to collected.