Blog D: Organic waste management proposal

previously I touched on the idea about muscle memory when a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle ,memory is created for that particular task, this allows for that particular task to be repeated without conscious effort. The process decreases the need for little or no attention what so ever but allows for maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems.An example of this could be for example chopping or slicing food, placing food scraps into a garbage Bin Eg. a banana peel, which I believe is where we are going wrong in our fight against organic waste. As the mindless action of throwing away our waste away many of us students are not engaged in the actual process it is just a number of mindless movements in which we practice in our day cycle whilst at UTS. research found by food wise Australia food young Australians aged between 18-24 are among societies biggest wasters of food.

  •  UTS currently facilitate around 34,000 full-time students
  • 22 staff and student kitchens
  • 11 cafe’s

So how do we create an alternative system for UTS , in which create ‘wealth from waste’ , whilst considering our responses to our design decisions and the impact they have on society in our survival. As I discussed in my previous post in relation to design theorist Tony Fry who argues current practices of design are “de futuring”(Fry, 2008), in particular the impacts on the environment, we need to do this by having a ‘holistic’ approach and view to allow for a ‘strong’ level of prevention.

  • reduce
  • reuse
  • recycling
  • composting
  • recover
  • The least desirable action is food ending up in landfills

Reverse Vending machines;

Reverse vending machines also know as enviro-bank machines, works in the opposite way to a traditional vending machine where you receive the product (the waste), in which you place an empty water bottle and choose a reward for your recycling efforts. This allows for a more interactive approach I believe to the traditional disposable of waste, in which at its seems to be throwing our waste into either normal garbage Bin or a recycling bin in which can the to the risk of cross-contamination which has happened previously across the city of Sydney where recycling were rolled out across the city, unfortunately due to high levels of contamination it was made impossible to recycle the materials collected contamination it was made impossible to recycle the materials collected  the benefits of the enviro-bank machines is that they accept only items that can be recoiled which rejects anything else, and can hold up 3,00 containers before they need to be emptied. 

(EB, 2011).


“The UNSW determined that an RVM would increase recycling, reduce litter and the rewards would encourage the students to use the machine. The opportunity for the on-site takeaway shops and cafe’s to showcase their lunch special offers via the interactive LED touchscreen has worked well.interactive LED touchscreen”.(EB,2011).

I propose that this  idea of the Enviro-bank be extended further and be introduced into the UTS Sydney prescient. Through innovation with help of engineering students and universities a possible means of replacing/addition to the traditional waste bins that are already throughout the university.

Upgrade for garbage and recycling 

  • Green coloured bins for organic waste
  • Black coloured for recycling bins
  • clear signage of what can go in each garbage Bin
  • censors attached to reject what is deemed not ‘organic, or recyclable’

Reverse vending machine for organic waste 

place waste into specific holes compartments  creates allows students to think about the process of throwing away an item. of waste education is key if we want action taken

step 1. proposal of the Enviro-bank system to be introduced as well as the traditional garbage bins and recycling bins, have these reversed vending machines placed around the university campus in addition

step 2. Enviro-bank placed throughout UTS city campus, in all 11 cafe’s and throughout the 22 staff and student cafe’s.

step 3. Staff and students are educated on the importance of proper waste disposal, and the importance it plays allowing for a sustainable future along with the savings.

step 4. As part of the education process, an interactive app created to allow students to better educated on the Enviro- bank system,also the impacts of placing correct waste in correct slot. A mandatory education program set up to introduce the influx of new students that arrive each semester.

Enviro-bank system are able to place organic waste in designated labeled slots,censors detect un wanted materials and reject.

step 5. can break down organic waste and turn waste into compost on the spot for students to receive as reward.through a speed up process students can take away compost mixture.

step 6. compost mixture can be received in a biodegradable material, Hemp a sustainable material by being biodegradable, easily grown without the use of pesticides strong like nylon. Student can take away compost material for waste efforts.




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(EB, 2011).

how can this system be introduced Cecconi’s Flinders Lane?

As part of my research in part C, I investigated Cecconi’s Flinders Lane, have installed a closed loop organic unit into their restaurant in which 75 % of food waste is deposited in the unit per day, unloaded once a week and transported to the farm to use on their vegetable gardens, to grow new produce for the restaurant. I propose that through working with engineers to create a system that combines the aesthetic of waste separation  process of the Enviro-bank system with the technology of the closed loop organic unit that breaks down the 10 kg a days worth of organic material, this could lead to a possible in-house veggie garden to grow fresh produce, and reduction in trips to the family’s farm. Will save time in which staff spend sorting out waste as it is designed with specific entry points for specific food waste and will reject unwanted waste materials and reduce cross contamination from occurring in the restaurants.

  1.  Educate staff
  2. Introduce
  3. implementation  new technology

Through the use of technology, allow a garbage Bin into a source in which society interacts, in which will allow for change.








City Of Sydney. (2016). Recycling machine. [online] Available at: <;.(viewed 26 May. 2016).

City Of Sydney. (2016). Recycling machine. [online] Available at: <;.(viewed 8 Jun. 2016).

Closed Loop. (2013). Case study Cecconi’s Flinders Lane. [online] Available at: <’s-flinders-lane>(viewed 26 May. 2016). (2016). Closed Loop |. [online] Available at: <;. (viewed 26 May. 2016).


Enviro-bank. (2016). What is An Enviro-bank Reverse Vending Machine?. [online] Available at: <;.

Enviro-bank. (2016). What is An Enviro-bank Reverse Vending Machine?. [online] Available at: <;.(viewed 26 May. 2016).





One thought on “Blog D: Organic waste management proposal”

  1. I like the idea of this! As a student, if recycling meant receiving an incentive I would be ore inclined to participate. Having an app makes it up to date and would keep students/ young adults interested in what is happening.


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