Trash Trek: Research the four R’s

As they say in Texas, y’all know about the three R’s:  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  However, did you know about the 4th “R”?  It’s called “Repurpose” and could be considered a part of Reuse which the wiki article on here does a great job of summarizing. Repurpose/Reuse may play a big role in this year’s FLL Trash Trek Research Project.

8rs-waste-management-diagram-1200-900In fact, someone came up with the 8 R’s of Waste Management

Trash Trek Coaches Handbook Cover.  The “Trash to Treasure” on the cover suggests that this year’s challenge may emphasize Recycling/Reusing/Repurposing waste materials into differing products with new uses.  Read more speculation at the FLL Coaches Forum on the Trash Trek Thread.

trash_trek_Coaches_Handbook_Cover

If this speculation from the cover of this fall’s Coaches’ Handbook is accurate then we are working in the middle of the Waste minimization pyramid below

waste_fig1

 

And here are two tables showing how various materials can be optimally dealt with at various stages of the inverted pyramid above:material_rs   waste hierarchy including text

In our research, here is a handy list of key/search terms that will help us in acquiring a background into the field of Waste Management and Repurposing Waste Materials.

Search Terms:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Upcycling

Repurposing

Remanufacturing

Freecycling

Waste Flow

Material/Product Life Cycle Assessment

Companies:

AnyGoodToYou.com

Freecycle.org

ILoveFreegle.org

AnyGoodToYou

Design for Repurposing ( Artists/Designers – see Examples from Mexico  )

Etsy.com ( Artists repurposing and upcycling object into new pieces of art/functionality )

TerraCycle Company ( More Recycle than Reuse )

EarthShip

Urbanite

Waste to Energy

Films:

http://midwayfilm.com/ (Graphic depiction of how waste plastics pollute/kill birds)

http://plasticparadisemovie.com/ (Problem of waste plastics)

Ideas:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3021754/fast-feed/robotic-trash-cans-follow-you-around-until-you-pick-up-your-trash (whimsical)

Finally, here are several diagrams that give you a more global view into the Waste Management Process.

waste_integrated_wasteDifferent Domain Expertise of Waste Management

solid_waste_types

 Various Types of Solid Waste StrategiesWaste_hierarchy_initiatives Web of Inter-related aspects of Waste Management

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