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Reducing Trash through Thoughtful Design

Submitted on July 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews
Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews

A UW student strolls past a trio of shiny bins for trash, recycling, and compost.  She pauses, intrigued by colorful images cascading down vertical screens above each bin. As photos of coffee cups and banana peels and condiment containers scroll past, she tosses her own empty cuppa joe into the compost bin. 

“You just composted 2.31 ounces,” announces a message on the compost screen. “If everyone on campus composted this amount today, UW would save $1,181.00.”

The interactive recycling and composting station was designed by an…

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