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Waste in the city – week 5

31 Aug

Week 5 morning lecturer:

Kerryn Caulfield

(Apical international, TTNA, Composites, NACRO, Filtration & Separation Association)

This morning’s lecturer Kerryn Caulfield who gave us not only an impressive

lecture but also bring up the fact that how serious the waste issues are; she

points out that the waste to landfill has rapidly increased each year, which is

growing even faster than our population. Through her findings she claims that

5 % of landfill is textile waste since it is use in everywhere; on the contrary textile

(clothes) is also easier to apply to other uses by recycle/reuse and regenerate it.

In addition, she also mentioned about how secondhand clothes end up in the

third world country. There has a short documentary Kerryn talked about which

made by an Australian girl, who uses video camera recording how the

secondhand clothing system works in Africa (Zambia). The doco makes me feel

astonishing; I never thought about where will those second hand clothes go

after we give it to charities, this doco “T-shirt travels” tracing the whole process

and tell the story about how those clothes end up their life in the west but

started the second life in Africa. This lecture provides a lot of new information

about the current waste issues which really useful especially for us, who are

studying about the waste subjects.


The afternoon’s lecturer Randall Pearce from Think: Insight + Advice. He

brought out some facts about how people behave and opinion about climate

change. There were few points Randall mentioned which might be the barriers

direct or indirect effects of climate change. I found one of them is particular

interest to me, which indicates that people always obsessed with “new” things. I

think this point is a really important fact that our consumption patterns have a

significant impact on the environment. This makes me think of an event which

launched in this year May in Sydney Bondi called “the garage sale trail”. And

also it was the first time they put on this garage sale in Australia. There were 126

garage sales gathering at that day creating a win-win situation for both seller

and buyer. Furthermore, it allows those secondhand stuffs have a chance to start

the second life not just end up in the landfill, which is a very good idea to have

this kind of event. Although the fundamental way is that we still need to control

our consumption patterns, reuse and recycle stuffs in order to protect our



About individual essay & visual map:

It is now week 5 already so we get a pretty intensive schedule, since the

individual essay is due next week and the group visual map needs to be handed

in the week after. But luckily both my tutors and my group mates have been

really helpful so that I was able to clearly understand the purpose and the aim

of the projects. It also makes a lot easier when I was planning the structure of

my essay.

Rainie and I, both viscom students, have played key roles for our second task-

group’s visual map. We started the task from individual research and brought all

our ideas to the class in order to discuss with our group mates. The efficiency of

our discussion was high. At the end, our group adopted my concept as the major

idea of our infographic, however, still there are some elements needed to be

changed; for instance, I was proposing that the waste percentage could be shown

by using different size of the bins, after our group discussion, however, we

decided that rather then using different size for the bins to represent the waste

percentage, there will be a colour spectrum (red~green) covering on the areas we

researched. In other words, we decided to use colour to represent the waste

percentage instead.

So basically, the major map, with the waste colour spectrum, shows the five

major areas where we conducted our research.  It shows the main businesses

and also the major waste within the areas. There is still some space left at the

bottom of the map, however, since we haven’t yet decided what details are to be

put in so far, the space will be filled in later on.



Youtube 2010, T-Shirt Travels, viewed 31 August 2010, <;.
The garage sale trail 2010, viewed 20 August 2010 <>.

Waste in the city (About research- Site revisit)

17 Aug

::week 2::

Research- site revisit (16th Aug 2010)

Where: Pyrmont Bridge Rd. & Bank St.

(This area is a combination of Business and Residences)

So far my research is focused on the fish market area, but I think it will be good idea to also include some records from surroundings. Therefore, I went back to Pyrmont Bridge Rd. & Bank St. (the fish market is located on the corner of these two streets) to see if I can dig up more useful information.

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Bank Street side: (a flyover above the Bank street)

  • Tram Stop
  • Pyrmont Concrete Plant
  • Channel 10
  • Cruises
  • City West Child Care Centre
  • Seafood suppliers
  • Food Services
  • Convenient Store
  • Restaurant
  • Residential Area

Pyrmont Bridge Road:

  • Commercial Design Centre
  • Park
  • Scrap Place (metals: ship, trashes: bottle, paper…etc.)
  • Concrete Batching Plant
  • Residential Area

This area is a traffic artery with many trucks and cars especially in the business hours. Although this area is mix business & residential area but I couldn’t see many people walk on the street, also there has not many rubbish bin on the street, but I could see some of plants and business they have own big rubbish bins inside their place.

Waste in the city – week 2

14 Aug

The 2nd week’s lab was started from a lecture which presented by Kath McLaughlin who is a Sydney waste education officer. The lecture was instructive and interesting.

Australia is the 2nd biggest “waste” country in the world; especially “food” waste is the most serious issue. This is a common matter in the most developed countries; people usually buy more than they need, thus, I think this is everyone’s duty to keep the best recycling practice to maintain a sustainable environment for not only us but also for the later generations.

In the lecture Kath shows a slide which is an inverted triangle chart indicates that if people can carry out these steps- Avoid + Reuse + Recycle + Landfill our waste would be towards “0”. Moreover, in an official statistics number which Kath shows us says 70% of waste can be recovered and 30% goes to landfill. I doubt that if this result can come true or this idea is only existed in Utopia?

It is essential for us to uncover what is the major problem that existed in our society, in order to further improve the current circumstance. It’s reminds me that there has a famous animation film called “ The Story of Stuff” narrated by Anne Leonard which talks about the life-cycle of the material good in American society, however, I think the issue she raises is not only occurred in State but it’s happening in the most developed countries.

In present society our mass consumption is definitely related to the existing waste phenomenon. This subject is truly aroused my curiosity about the waste issues in our society. In addition, Kath mentioned about designer also can use their special skills to reduce the problem by using recyclable materials when they design the product package; this fact is stimulates me to become an eco-designer in the future. I desired to discover more useful information through our research in this subject, I’m sure that will be a valuable experience that helpful for my future study.


“ The Story of Stuff” can be viewing via Youtube <;. (21 minutes)

Youtube 2010, Story of Stuff, Full Version; how things work, about stuff, viewed on 10th August 2010, <;.

Waste in the City – week 1

4 Aug

designing sydney

Week One

People produced rubbish everyday but not everyone would think about how to control the amount of the trash (by recycling, or reusing it). This subject helps us to know how is the material waste managed in our city, and what we can do to reduced the waste we generate.

In the tutorial, we work as interdisciplinary teams which provides us a good opportunity to communicate with other design students, and find out what can we contribute to our class or group.

My group is composed of a fashion student – Courney, an interior student – Patrick, an industrial student – Vanessa, and two viscom students – Rinaie and me. Everyone in my group is friendly and I think this will be a really good experience that we can work together in one group to achieved our task.

Our group’s research area is around Ultimo & Pyrmont: Each of us picks up one street to do the research individually, in order to detailing the difference or similarity of waste situation within in the area we in charge with.

About my Research:

The street I’m in charge with is called: BANK ST.

google maps 2010, viewed on 6th Aug 2010,<;.

Which is also where the fish market is located(on the corner of Pyrmont Bridge Rd. and Bank St.).

First time visiting Bank St. I focused my research on the fish market, which is the placed easily to discover waste cases.

Date & Time: Friday, 6th Aug 2010, 2:30 pm

2 O’clock in the afternoon people still having lunch in the fish market, I could see a lot of waste of seafood on table after people finished their meal but there has not much trash in the shop garbage bin yet. (maybe.. in the morning or after those shops closed would be a better time to investigate the waste situation?)

2nd time visited fish market

Date & Time: Monday, 9th Aug 2010, 4:30 pm

Around 5 pm Monday all the shops in the fish market are closed, therefore, it is a good chance to find out if they have waste situation through their garbage bin.

I found that the most of shop they don’t sorting their trash before they throw them into the waste bin.  (broken styrofoam, dirty cardboard boxes, plastic bags are all dumped into the same garbage bin with many leftovers inside)

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I believe that there should be a lot of waste seafood in the most of shop’s trash bin, as there has many birds are trying to search food from the bin, I saw some birds are even fly out from bins, holding prawn or fish by their bills.

I think I should revisit to fish market in different time to see if I can find out more information within that spot; also, I think is a good idea to visit the surrounding area to find out if there has more business or residential area which help for my research data.