Post B- Collecting Information

Data Methods 

  • Analysis
  • Photos
  • Observation
  • Secondary Research
  • Mapping

Above is a list of data methods I used in my waste audit and commonly use through out any research tasks. All of these methods would usually be used  when investigating organic waste like I have previously done in my ‘Post A- Wastage’ blog. Photos create a visualisation, something easy to see and clearly presented. Observation and Analysis is used after any form of research weather it is visual, written, informal or formal. To reflect on what has been found or been produced in another individuals work. Secondary research will create a base of ideas, and critucual information and mapping it a great way to present a clear visualisation of information.

Interviews is my favourite data methods. Getting primary information from numerous different individuals under different circumstances creates new insights for me.For example, I am from a small country town where we recycle everything we can, all we have to do is just put it in the bin outside. But I recently discussed this with a friend who lives in an apartment in Sydney and they mentioned the recycling bin for the apartment is on the stair case and is only small. So at least half of what they should be recycling goes in the bin. This opened up my mind to another circumstance and why they didn’t recycle so much.

National Food Waste Assessment 

While researching organic waste I found the National Food Waste Assessment. Through out this report they in-depth analysed the reliability of their secondary and primary sources and mapped it out in graphs. Example below.

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(Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2011)

While I am aware this doesn’t directly relate to design initiative, it is a good example to check reliability of sources for a project before creating ideas and solutions off unreliable information.

The National Food Waste Assessment seeks through organic waste,  starting in the production stage of organic matter. As shown in graph below.

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(Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2011)

I honestly never considered organic matter form the production before researching into organic waste. This graph indicates the excess waste in the brown sections at the top and bottom. All of this in which could be recycled and brought to the consumers attention when purchasing organic matter and food.

Back to the design initiative. UTS claims to recycle 80% of its waste product (UTS Green 2013) but what about its organics?

UTS:ISF is helping create a better environment and management system.




Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, National Food Waste Assessment, viewed 13 June 2016, <>

UTS Green 2013, Leadership in sustainability, viewed 13 June 2016, <>



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