Final problem statement
Improper waste segregation at Rahul’s apartment in Goa forces the sanitation engineer to shoulder the burden of segregating wet and dry waste, leading to an unhygienic and unsafe work environment.
[People are not removing organic waste from plastic bags in which they carry the trash but instead dumping the entire bags into the wet waste bin. This causes the mixing of wet waste with the plastic bags.
The approach to solution is to redesign the waste bin with three new design elements that will encourage segregation by households. The elements are described below:
1. Reduced Mouth for Wet Waste: The bin’s wet waste compartment has a reduced mouth, making it easy to push wet waste in while preventing plastic carry bags (considered dry waste) from entering.
2. Shape Differentiation: The waste bin has a cylindrical compartment for wet waste and a cube-shaped compartment for dry waste, ensuring clear visual cues for users to segregate properly.
3. Impactful Glass Opening: The wet waste section features a small transparent glass opening, serving as a visual reminder to users to keep wet waste separate from dry waste.