This week has been a whirlwind of gathering everything that we have done to this point. We are working hard to create a visually appealing and interactive final exhibition that will clearly display our idea for a new recycling centre in downtown Windsor. We have developed a 3D model on the computer to display the layout and features of the gREenCYCLE centre. We have also developed many maps and images that clearly show what the issue is and how we are proposing to solve it.
This is a rendering of what the store part of the centre would look like. This is from the perspective of what a costumer would see as they walk in the front door.
We are currently putting together the legacy report so we can pass our idea on to the next group of students. It will include information about our group members, all the research we have done, all our maps and images, our business plan, and the rest of the information that we will incorporate into the final exhibition presentation.
We wanted to take the time to thank you for reading our blogs every week. We hope we have peaked your interest in to the issue of recycling in the downtown area. We hope that by proposing gREenCYCLE, we have been able to at least change a few people opinions of recycling, and change the way in which people think about disposing recyclables in the future.
See you at the final exhibition!
Developing Merchandise from Recycled Materials
This week we worked really hard on developing new merchandise made out of recycled materials that we can sell at our recycling centre. We met with an assortment of recyclables and attempted to make many different things that people can wear, display, and use. We made necklaces and bracelets out of string and pop can tabs, origami boxes, change purses and candy dishes out of newspaper and other recycled paper, candle holders out of pop cans, a bracelet out of strips of pop can aluminum, and earrings and buttons out of beer caps. This was just a brainstorming session to see what types of things we could make out of recycled materials. There were many ideas that we came up with that we are going to develop more so we can have really well made examples for the final exhibition. We are hoping to develop something that everyone that comes to the exhibition can take home as a reminder to incorporate recycling into their daily lifestyle.
This is some of the merchandise that we were experimenting with, including earrings made of bottle caps and a necklace make of pop can tabs.
We also visited Windsor Disposal Services Ltd (WDS) who is the private recycling company that picks up the waste and recyclables from businesses downtown. We went to their sorting centre to learn more about how their business runs and see if they had any advice for our much smaller scale recycling centre. Unfortunately, the women who normally answers these types of inquiries was not there, so we were given her number to contact her directly. We are working on setting up a time next week to have her answer some questions either over the phone or in person.
We can’t believe that the semester is almost over! We are in the final stages of our project, and are looking forward to setting up the final exhibition to show everyone what we have come up!
As you know, our group is developing a recycling centre called gREenCYCLE. Our centre has 3 main focuses.
- Providing a more affordable recycling system for business,
- Implementing more recycling reciprocals on streets that do not currently have enough,
- Having a strong community presence.
This week, we wanted to go into more depth about the community involvement aspect we intend to implement into our centre. We believe that a very important aspect of promoting recycling is to get the community to learn more about it, and provide easier opportunities for them to properly recycle their materials and objects. A lot of people do not recycle items because they either don’t know enough about the issue, or they don’t know what to do with the item. Recycling is a very important environmental issue in our community, as well as the world, but people simply do not understand the magnitude of the issue. The purpose of gREenCYCLE to is provide the community with both a place to properly dispose of recyclable items as well as learn about the issue in a fun and interactive way.
This image, from Google, is an example of the type of program we wish to provide to the community. Starting a home recycling system with kids is a great way to ingrain the concept into them at a young age.
We are intending to create a space that is very interactive in nature. Instead of giving us the material and walking away, we want them to be part of the process; learn what happens to it and where it goes next. We want to have school programs where elementary classes can come to the centre and take part in these interactive activities. We are also thinking about a program where people can make their own items made out of recyclable items, similar to the merchandise we sell. This would be a great way for people to learn about reusing materials. It would get them thinking about what they can do with materials or objects after they are done with the items initial purpose.
Check back next week to learn more about another aspect of our project!