Waste in the city – Week 9

5 Oct

Week 9 is the first week back from the break and also we are in the half way of

this semester. This afternoon lab, we started to gathering together and

brainstorming what should we do for our group design project. I think today’s

class is quite important since we need to make a final decision for our design

project. But unfortunately our group missing two important members today, it

caused some difficulties for further developing the ideas in the beginning of our

discussion period. However, the good thing is our group identified the three

main waste problems within the Pyrmont area two weeks ago when the visual

map has been designed. Those three main waste problems are now can help us

to decide which direction should we go with.

These is the 3 main waste issues in the Pyrmont:

  1. Take away coffee cups (café; restaurant)
  2. Polystyrene boxes (in the fish market area)
  3. Lack of compost bin at the residential property

And after we discussed with tutor, we decided to choose polystyrene boxes as the

re-design item for our group project. But the problem is, we unsure where is

those boxes come from; is from fish supplier or from the fish shop?

The characteristic of polystyrene box are light and can keep the temperature,

but also it is easy to break and difficult to wash. Hence, if we can create a new

box which reinforce the hardness of the surface but still keep its merits that

might be good as a new environmental friendly product. But, the problem is how

can we find the materials; also, the cost might end up become too expensive.

During the brainstorming, three of us are toward the direction of re-design box.

Although, in the end we choose to go some alternative ways since the most of the

polystyrene boxes they (The fish market shop’s staffs) discard in the bins might

come from fish supplier not those fish shops themselves (Through some pictures

I took when I did the waste research in the fish market, the surface of

polystyrene boxes shows the name of the company which some of them are fish

supplier firm and the firm might be not from Sydney; one of the box I found in

my picture shows the company is from Tasmania which is accord with the

reason they need to use the polystyrene boxes to keep the temperature down in

order to keep the sea food fresh in the deliver process) Therefore, we assume

that the supplier would not willing to buy boxes which cost a lot more than the

normal polystyrene box which they using at the moment, moreover, that is why

those shops in the fish market they don’t care about reuse those polystyrene

boxes since they will receive more boxes every time when they purchase

something from fish suppliers. (According to my interview survey toward 3 fish

shops’ manager or owner, the result indicates that the most of shops do not

recycle or reuse polystyrene boxes)

For the alternative ways- we thinks it will be good that if we can “reuse” those

polystyrene boxes which been discarded in the fish market area. Vanessa, she

raised a really good thought, which is re-using those boxes and makes them

become bookshelf. As the polystyrene (in the fish market) is very light plus in

rectangle shapes with similar size, hence, it can be moved and rearranged into

different shape shelf to fit into the space.  Cheerful : ) ….Seems this idea is

workable, also, the bookshelf model might be stand out for our lab in the final

exhibition. However, back to reality: ( . Now, we need to start to collect the

polystyrene boxes from the fish market; problems might occur since it might be

need some permission for collecting those “waste”. Hence, we might need to

contact with the fish market committee or shop owner to see how many box they

able donate to us for our project. Additionally, as Lizzie suggested our

polystyrene boxes could also be use as a concept, not necessary to build up a

certain model (bookshelf). Thus, from now I think we need to works on what is

the most proper way to “re-use” our polystyrene boxes. Besides, Vanessa will go

to check the exhibition room this Friday with Lizzie, and after that we might

more clearly about the space of exhibition room, which will be easier for

planning the structure of our design.

HUON company website-Huon Aqua 2008, Huon premium Tasmanian salmon, viewed 5th October 2010, <http://www.huonaqua.com.au/huon.php&gt;.

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