Let’s Conquer E-Waste!

ecoatm

90% of Americans own a cellphone, yet only about 20% of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year!

Technology

  • ecoATM is a self-serve kiosk buying back electronics from consumers using patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate products

The Simple Three Step Process

  • Recycling your old phones, MP3 players and tablets doesn’t have to be a hassle. We want to make ecoATM the most convenient way for you to leave a positive impact on the planet while also putting a little cash in your pocket.

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  • Place your device in the ecoATM test station.

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  • The ecoATM will examine your device and then search for the highest price we can find in a network of buyers.
  • The kiosk prices each individual device based on model, condition and the current value on the market.

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  • If you agree to sell it, you will receive cash on the spot.
  • Get green for getting green!

Sources: https://www.ecoatm.com/how-it-works/ 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/used-smartphone-205312451.html

Stakeholders

  • ecoATM company
  • Electronic companies/investors
  • Community

Deployment/Implementation

  • Attract more investors and pair up with electronic companies who will be able to reuse and recycle the devices
  • Increase advertising budget and make consumers aware of the technology by increasing the number of ecoATMs situated in malls and various locations
  • Develop strong partnerships with leading organizations to further change and advance solutions to the e-waste challenge

 

UNI: AV2698

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“BOSSNETT” – The Automatic Underground Waste System

 

1. Area of sustainability: Waste

2. About the technology

  • In our society, and especially on Manhattan, the city waste system has a massive room for improvement. Every day new waste from residents in the city fill up waste containers or bags are left lying around in the streets waiting for the garbage trucks to come and pick it up.
  • Garbage trucks have to maneuver through narrow streets while the streets are smelly and rats have a field day eating all the discarded food. What if the issues of garbage trucks, smelly waste in the streets, and rats could be removed just by using modern technology?
  • This is what the government owned garbage company BIR in Bergen, Norway has found a suitable solution to. Bergen is a city with narrow streets and garbage was known to be overflowing the few waste containers there was in the streets and it was not a pretty sight. The new technology, named “Bossnett”, lets residents throw their trash into garbage tubes all around the city, where the trash drops into an underground pipe system and is vacuumed into a greater storage unit in the outskirts of the city which is regularly emptied. No need for garbage trucks driving around in the city, no smelly trash along the pathways, and rats have to go elsewhere to find their meal for the day. In addition, it will make it easier for people to recycle using the different tubes. This could be a good solution for many cities in the world.

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3. Stakeholders in the new technology

  • The main users of the trash network, i.e. the residents of the city.
  • The management of the garbage facility
  • Manufacturers of the pipe network
  • Manufacturers of the above-ground tubes

 

4. Deployment

  • Market the new technology to the population as something positive and make the residents excited to use it.
  • Creating enough garbage tubes around the city to make it easy for everyone to dispose of their trash.
  • Implement a simple and sustainable recycling plan, so that every part of the waste that can be reused will be reused.

 

Main article:

“NYC, check out a Norwegian solution to waste disposal”, Terje Strøm, March 31st 2016, Retrieved Sept. 20th 2017 from:  http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160331/OPINION/160339996/nyc-check-out-a-norwegian-solution-to-waste-disposal

Supporting articles:

“BOSSNETT”, Bergen Automatic Underground Waste System: http://www.razemdlaklimatu.eu/images/dobre_praktyki/Bergen_Waste_system.pdf

Envac Automated Waste Collection Secures National Energy Globe Award for Bergen: https://waste-management-world.com/a/envac-automated-waste-collection-secures-national-energy-globe-award-for-bergen

Image sources:

https://www.tu.no/artikler/snart-skal-anlegget-suge-bort-soppelet-til-10-000-norske-hjem/196840

http://www.razemdlaklimatu.eu/images/dobre_praktyki/Bergen_Waste_system.pdf

UNI: ms5584

 

Edit: Sept. 28th 2017 as instructed by the professor, this is the comment I posted on this blogpost on Sept 21st. https://makeasmartcity.com/2017/09/21/smarter-street-lighting/

“This is a great idea. A problem in many big cities are that they are not able to maintain and repair the lights that go out fast enough. And many areas are left dark in the night over a long period of time. This can be unsafe for pedestrians, and having a more illuminated street also helps with the feeling of safety. This is also a positive side effect with this technology.”

The Seabin: a new ocean cleaning techology

The problem

The oceans are seriously polluted. 80% of the human waste that ends up floating in the ocean are plastics that are causing a huge damage on the ecosystem and thus, affecting one of the most important food sources of our planet. According to plasticbank.org, 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating in each square mile on the sea, which kill 100,000 sharks, turtles, dolphins and whales that ingest them every year.

The technology

The Seabin is an automated rubbish bin that absorbs floating plastic, oil, fuel, detergents and other kinds of waste form the surface of the ocean. It is designed for floating docks, marinas, private pontoons, residential lakes, harbors, water ways, ports and yatch clubs.

Here’s how it works:

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The stakeholders

  • Poeple that own, frequent or live in marinas, private pontoons, residential lakes, harbours, water ways, ports and yatch clubs.
  • Poralu Marine – Manufacturer and distributor of the product

Deployment

  • Pete Ceflinski was a product designer that realized the consequences of his job and quitted
  • He started the project with his surf mate Andrew Turton to clean up the floating waste for the ocean.
  • They designed the Seabin, which catches everything that floatates in the water
  • Pete and Andrew signed a partnership with Poralu Marine, an industrial global leader of aluminium facilities, which will start developing, manufacturing and distributing Seabins by the end of 2016.

Source: The Seabin Project: www.seabinproject.com