Developing a Plan for a Recycling Initiative

In the past week, our team created an initial plan.

As a group, we are working towards developing a recycling initiative that will encourage
people within the downtown area of Windsor to recycle. We have chosen this as our
project plan because it is evident that the area is lacking in a functioning recycling
system.

Insufficient Space for Recycling

This is the only paper and cardboard recycling bin we have seen so far. It is overflowing because the
cities system of garbage disposal does not focus on recyclable items as much as it should.

Over the past week, we spent a lot of time making the project proposal, project schedule,
and group member responsibility documents. We narrowed in on the specific area we
would like to focus on, which is along Riverside drive where it meets Ouellette Ave,
and continuing down Ouellette Ave. Depending on our research findings in the next few
weeks, we may expand or change our target location. By communicating with businesses
in the area, we will learn more about how they recycle material currently and we hope to
get donations of recycled material from them. With the recycled material we gather, we
plan to develop some type of street art that encourages recycling in the downtown core.
In order to advertise our activity, we plan to use recycled bottles and create stickers that
will point people in the right direction to a location where recycling is available.

We plan to capitalize of each group member’s strengths in this project. Raman is
focusing on the placement of new and existing recycling bins in the target area, as well
as the recycling process of cardboard specifically. Shannon will focus on developing
motivational pieces that will involve the community, hopefully encouraging others to
recycle. Cong and Ying will work with business owners in the area to develop a better
business plan for recycling, possibly implementing some sort of incentive program which
would make recycling more appealing to the business owners. Stef would focus on the
perspective of community members in the area.

We are excited to see where this project will take us, and we hope you are too!

 

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Meeting, Exploring and Brainstorming

Two weeks down, ten to go. And in that time we have A LOT to accomplish.

Coming into this course, none of us really knew what to expect. We didn’t know what we would be doing, where we would be meeting, or who we would be working with. These first two weeks have been spent getting to know each other, understanding the concepts of the course, and exploring the target area of our projects.

A view of Chatham Street emphasizing Caesars Casino, restaurants, Cheetah’s, and the decorative street lights that the city has implemented to make the streets more inviting.

Our group consists of Steph Borrink, a Psychology and Visual Arts student, Raman Singh, a Civil Engineering student, Shannon Hawke, a Visual Arts and the Built Environment student, and Ying Sun and Cong Han, both Business students. We have spent the past few weeks brainstorming ideas as to how we can make a positive contribution to the downtown core of Windsor. Many issues have come up through class discussions, group discussions, videos, and a talk by Kevin Alexander, the Senior Planner of Special Projects for the City of Windsor.

Our group has decided to tackle the issue of RECYCLING. Although we are still is the early stages of brainstorming, we are confident we can find an interactive, fun and innovative way to encourage recycling among business owners, residents, and visitors of Windsor’s downtown core.

This is an example of the garbage that is tossed into the street because there is not sufficient places to dispose of recyclable items.

Check back next week to learn more about how we bring effective recycling into the city centre!

 

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