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.
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.
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
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.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Material/Product Life Cycle Assessment
Etsy.com ( Artists repurposing and upcycling object into new pieces of art/functionality )
TerraCycle Company ( More Recycle than Reuse )
Waste to Energy
http://midwayfilm.com/ (Graphic depiction of how waste plastics pollute/kill birds)
http://plasticparadisemovie.com/ (Problem of waste plastics)
Finally, here are several diagrams that give you a more global view into the Waste Management Process.